The news of Lionel Messi’ quitting Barcelona was announced by the club’s official representatives. A new contract with the footballer was supposed to be signed yesterday, but the situation changed dramatically after the next meeting with representatives of the athlete.
Back on June 30, the Argentine footballer’s contract with the Catalan club came to an end. The Argentine tried to avoid extending the agreement for the next season, but the club managed to defeat the star’s desire to leave the team. And he stayed. The 34-year-old player was even ready for a salary cut in half. But even such an agreement could not happen given the serious discrepancy between income and expenses.
Messi came to Catalonia from Argentina with his family in 2000 when he was 13 years old. Debuting in 2004, Messi spent his entire career playing for the football club. During 17 seasons, he played 778 matches and scored 672 goals. The Argentine is considered the top scorer in the history of the club and the Spanish championship.
The most productive player gained 35 trophies, won the Spanish championship ten times, the Spanish Cup seven times, the Champions League four times, and FIFA Club World Cup three times. In addition, Leo won the Ballon d’Or 6 times (this year may be his seventh), while Cristiano Ronaldo has five such prizes for the best player in the world.
Fans of the Catalan club are very saddened by the departure of the legendary captain and refuse to believe in this. It should be noted that for football his age is already considered respectable. Nevertheless, many famous clubs will certainly want to get Messi to themselves.
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