Despite the deal, Messi leaving Barcelona due to financial problems originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
In a shocking press release on Thursday, FC Barcelona announced that Lionel Messi, his club’s all-time top scorer and six-time Balon d’Or winner, will be leaving the club he has been with since 2000.
After ESPN was among the outlets to report that Messi struck a deal on a new five-year deal in July with a significant pay cut to stay at the Catalan club he joined at the age of 12 years. Even a $ 3.2 billion injection from La Liga couldn’t. help Barcelona’s financial problems.
While Barcelona attributed the structural financial problems to the failure to adhere to Spanish La Liga rules in the press release, the words have a certain purpose which makes the news all the more shocking.
“Due to this situation, Messi will not stay at FC Barcelona. Both sides deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club are ultimately not fulfilled,” said the Barcelona statement.
“FC Barcelona wholeheartedly express their gratitude to the player for his contribution to the club’s expansion and wish him the best for the future in his personal and professional life.”
After a successful summer in which the 34-year-old Messi finally tasted international success with Argentina’s Copa America triumph, things seemed to be working out between him and Barcelona since his transfer request last summer. After all, Messi had been very publicly in favor of their return to the presidency of Joan Laporta after last summer’s falling out with the club. He then returned. He won’t do it now. Instead, Messi will move on to what will be a frenzy of teams seeking his services as a free agent.
Messi ended his Barcelona career as the club’s top scorer with 672 (440 more than the club’s next top scorer), most titles with 35, most appearances with 778 (nine more than Xavi) and produced the most assists in football history (315).
With Messi now free to negotiate and start this path in uncharted waters with a new club, it’s important to note that he has declared his desire to possibly play in Major League Soccer one day.
“I would love to play in the United States one day, it has always been a dream of mine … but I don’t know if it will happen!” Messi would have told La Sexta in December.
Reports from another Spanish outlet said Messi’s contract negotiations with Barcelona included a few MLS destinations at Inter Miami and New York City FC. Reports have indicated that Messi will play two more seasons at Barcelona, ââtwo with Miami or NYCFC, and then the last six years will be an off-court role yet to be defined.
On the day of the MLS transfer deadline, these rumors are likely pure transfer speculation, especially since Messi’s potential $ 73million a year deal with Miami is said to be 10 times higher than Zlatan Ibramhimovic’s $ 7.2 million in 2019. Yet it still is. fun to imagine the possibilities.