“He wanted to stay”: in debt up to the neck, FC Barcelona forced to let go Lionel Messi

Messi leaves Barça after more than twenty years of life together! The announcement, which had the effect of a bomb Thursday evening in the world of football, was explained this Friday, August 6, during a long-awaited press conference, by the president of FC Barcelona Joan Laporta. Extending Argentinian Lionel Messi’s contract would have been a “Risk” financial for FC Barcelona, ​​currently in great difficulty, underlines Laporta, who claims to have done what was “Best for the interests” of the club.

Messi’s “pharaonic” contract in Barcelona: 555 million euros between 2017 and 2021

“Not wanted to endanger the institution more”

“An investment of the volume represented by Leo Messi entailed certain risks that we were prepared to assume”, corn “When we understood in detail the situation of the club” after an audit, “We did not want to further endanger the institution”, said the president of the club blaugrana.

Joan Laporta recorded the beginning of “The post-Messi era” recognizing this Friday not being able to retain the Argentinian superstar, who received “Other proposals” of clubs. And appetites are sharpening, from Paris to Manchester City.

In the aftermath of the announcement of the departure of the six-fold Golden Ball, which deeply shakes the world of football and the summer transfer market, the aftershocks of the earthquake continue to shake Europe with the round ball. Starting with Barcelona, ​​where the 34-year-old playmaker has spent his entire career since the age of 13.

“Dads and our kids play soccer, so we thought why not us? ”

“Drama, Messi is leaving! “, headlines the Barcelona sports daily “Sport”, while “Mundo Deportivo”, another Catalan sports newspaper, underlines the “Bomb” represented by the departure of the “Pulga” (The chip).

At Camp Nou, Joan Laporta was fatalistic in front of the press to justify in the eyes of “Socios” (supporters-shareholders) of the club the loss of one of the greatest players in the history of football. According to him, it was impossible to extend Messi’s contract by reconciling his XXL salary and the salary cap imposed by La Liga on a Barça in debt of more than a billion euros.

“In the 1930s, doctors feared that football would make women sterile”

“This negotiation is over. We cannot register the player because of the La Liga salary cap, and La Liga is not flexible to raise it ”, launched the Catalan leader, criticizing the “Calamitous management of the previous management” led by Josep Maria Bartomeu, his predecessor.

“Messi wanted to stay”

And this decision is final, he said. “I don’t want to raise false hopes. The player has other proposals and there was a deadline “ to make this decision, one week before the resumption of the Spanish championship, he argued, criticizing in passing the draft agreement between La Liga and the CVC investment fund, against which Real Madrid and Barça are upwind.

Either way, Laporta conceded that “The post-Messi era” was going to start with ” two years “ ahead of schedule planned by current management. “We remain motivated for Barça to continue without Messi. “

The leader, very close to the Argentine since his first term at the head of the club (2003-2010), wished ” the best “ to the striker, who leaves his club after winning 35 trophies, including four Champions League. But he recognized that number 10 “Wanted to stay” and did not live this fishtail end badly. Messi has yet to speak publicly.

” He is not happy. He had… We all intended and wanted him to stay. But he faces, like us, a reality that cannot be changed. He knows that I wish him and his family the best, wherever they go. “

On the way to PSG, Manchester City?

Towards what destination, then? In France, the press has started to echo a possible interest from PSG. The Parisian club has never hidden its desire to one day attract the six-time Ballon d’Or, which has finally opened its record with Argentina by winning the Copa America last month.

Because the clubs that can accommodate him and his staggering salary of several tens of millions of euros per year, are not legion. Manchester City and its wealthy Emirati owners, or Paris SG, owned by the Qatari fund QSI, are among them, while other big clubs have suffered more financially from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“When you see him leave, it tickles you”, had slipped in the fall of 2020 the Parisian sports director Leonardo on Canal +. Parisian supporters, moreover, did not fail to notice that Messi posed this week for a photo with several PSG players, on vacation like him in Ibiza.

“Lionel Messi at PSG, is it possible? asks “the Team”. If the Argentine represents an incredible opportunity for PSG, his “expensive” recruitment is deemed unrealistic internally. Nowadays. “

What if Neymar’s prophecy came true? Last December, the Brazilian star of PSG launched having “Very want to play again with” Messi, whom he worked with for four years in Barcelona (2013-2017). “We have to do it next year”, he added, all smiles.

For that, it may be necessary for Paris to rule out competition from Manchester City, whose coach Pep Guardiola led Messi during his best Barcelona years (2008-2012). This is now the big stake of this summer transfer window, which ends on August 31.

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