Goal looks at the reasons for the sudden departure of the Argentine star from Catalunya and where he can go further
Approached to leave Barcelona in 2020, Lionel Messi and the giants of League are finally going their separate ways separately, and the club cannot hold on to their prize asset.
New club president Joan Laporta has consistently brought positive signals to the loyal Barca over Messi’s contract negotiations as they worked out information on the extension, but that will not happen now.
What happened during the negotiations to stop Messi from staying in Barcelona? Purpose look.
Why did Lionel Messi leave Barcelona?
Barcelona explained that ‘financial and structural obstacles’ were the reason why they could not sign a new contract with Lionel Messi, thus paving the way for his departure.
The ‘obstacles’ to which the Catalan club refers are the La Fair regulations of the Financial Fair Play, and in particular the competition’s salary conditions.
The financial situation of Barca, which provides the club with more than € 1 billion in debt, is a major contributing factor in the scenario. Losses of almost € 600 million mean that Barcelona will have to significantly reduce their salary bill to meet La Liga’s Fair Play restrictions.
However, they were unable to do so while reaching an agreement for Messi and President Laporta indicated that Barcelona’s long – term sustainability is “above all – even the best player in the world”.
He explained: ‘The salary mass is 110 percent of the total income of the club, we have no margin in terms of salary.
‘The rules and regulations of the Spanish La Liga are regulated by Financial Fair Play and we have no margin.
‘We knew we had arrived at the club, but the numbers we put forward were much worse than what we were initially exposed to and the ones we worked with. This means that the losses are more than we expected.
‘What we are spending is much more than we expected, and the current contracts mean that we have a large salary mass.
‘It all depends on fair play. La Liga does not follow the cash criteria, so we could not fit into the first contract we agreed with Leo Messi.
“To achieve fair play, Barca had to agree to an operation that would affect the club for the next 50 years in terms of television rights. This means that we can not make a decision that will affect the club for the next 50 years. .
“The club is over 100 years old and is above all – even the best player in the world. We will always thank him for everything he has done for us. The club goes above and beyond players, the president.
“We wanted to take the risks. We realized the real situation at the club, and we would have put the club in danger.
“The salary mass has a lot to do with it after a disastrous situation that the previous council had. If we terminate current contracts, it also carries risks. We can not destroy the club.”
What does Lionel Messi’s departure mean for Barcelona?
Barcelona will now have to figure out properly what a post-Lionel Messi future is, having planned the next few years with their talisman in the squad. As Laporta said, “A new era is beginning now. There will be a before and after Leo, as with other great players.”
After taking advantage of the influential presence of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner for 17 seasons, they will try to replace him. However, it is highly unlikely that another marquee tent will be signed.
Players like Antoine Griezmann and the new addition Memphis Depay are expected to carry the burden, while a lot of hope will be placed at young stars like Ansu Fati and Pedri to close the gap.
Due to the sudden retirement, there could also be major financial shocks for Barcelona, while the club is now facing a future where they cannot deal with potential sponsors due to Messi’s unique appeal.
Did Lionel Messi want to stay at Barcelona?
Messi wanted to stay at Barcelona and according to Laporta, he tried to make it ‘easy’ to finalize a deal so he could stay.
“We have been busy for two months and have gone through different phases. The first agreement was two years to pay in five, and Leo agreed with that,” the Barca president said.
“He was always present in negotiations and tried to make it easy for us.
‘When we thought it would be allowed in Financial Fair Play, the criteria of cash came into play, and it is not allowed here like other countries.
“Then we agreed to a five-year contract, which was also accepted by Leo. We all agreed.”
It is true that Messi was ready to leave Camp Nou in August 2020, but the Argentine star was subsequently defeated by the new regime and, while his contract expired, he would sign a new five-year contract.
Where’s the next time for Lionel Messi?
Messi’s future now hangs in the air, but when it comes to potential destinations, only a small number of clubs can afford his wages.
Paris Saint-Germain is widely regarded as the club best placed to sign Messi thanks to their financial strength and such a move. would see Argentina reunite with former Barca team-mate Neymar.
He has long been linked with a move to Manchester City, fueled in part by the fact that it would mean a reunion with Pep Guardiola.
“He will wear the number 10 because we were convinced of Grealish,” the Catalan said. “And we were convinced that Leo would continue in Barcelona, so he does not think now.”
Other clubs that could possibly boast enough money to lure Messi are Manchester United, although the Red Devils have only forked Jadon Sancho and Inter, who are likely to sell Romelu Lukaku.