This is a striking symptom of the financial difficulties experienced by professional football. FC Barcelona had to resolve to let go of the best player in the world, Lionel Messi. The Argentine superstar will not sign a contract extension with the Catalan club, which he is leaving at 34 years and after more than seasons spent in the Blaugrana jersey.

” Although an agreement has been reached between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi it cannot be formalized because of economic and structural obstacles (the regulations of the Spanish Liga), ”FC Barcelona explained in a statement on Thursday. The La Liga salary cap rules would prevent the Argentinian’s contract from being entered.

“Faced with this situation, Lionel Messi will not remain linked to FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the club cannot come true, ”continues the club. “Barça want to wholeheartedly thank the player for his contribution to the institution and wish him the best for his personal and professional life. »

At the end of the contract last June, the six-fold Ballon d’Or is free to sign wherever he wants. A thunderclap even as the Spanish press expected the imminent conclusion of the agreement between the two parties.

Serious financial difficulties Since the end of the disappointing season 2020 – 2021, completed with the only King’s Cup trophy on the shelf, the Catalan club has done everything to keep its jewel and chase away the Argentinian’s desires elsewhere. But Barça’s serious financial difficulties to stay within the limits of the financial fair play of the Spanish League, got the better of the operation, despite a pecuniary effort from the small Argentine striker, ready to halve his salary and extend for five seasons according to the Spanish press.

The health crisis has put many clubs in Europe in financial difficulty, putting an end to a spiral of rising revenues for the sector. In France, the French championship this weekend resumes in very precarious economic conditions, against the backdrop of a legal battle with its historic broadcaster Canal + .

The six Ballons d’Or striker, just winner of the Copa América with Argentina, became this season the player who has played the most matches for Barça , in front of the 767 appearances of the legend Xavi.

This shattering twist concerning one of the most major players in history risk upsetting the transfer market and the specialized press, before the Argentinian star’s point of fall is known. Last summer, Messi’s ambitions to leave had already caused a long soap opera, but the player had finally decided to stay in Catalonia, despite the interest evoked by the press of Paris SG or Manchester City.

With AFP