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'Barca let Messi ESCAPE!': Spanish papers react to 'bombshell' news that Lionel Messi is leaving

Published on: 06 August 2021

Barcelona confirmed in a bombshell statement on Thursday night that Lionel Messi would not be staying at the club 'because of financial and structural obstacles'.

Messi was expected to re-sign with the club following positive initial talks between all parties but the Catalan giants have since stated that a deal is out of the question due to LaLiga's financial regulations.

The Spanish press have reflected on the decision, with Marca running the headline 'Barca let Messi escape' - having claimed they have 'lost the best player in their history'.

Spanish outlet Sport referred to the situation as dramatic - using the headline: 'Drama: Messi leaves Barca!'.

Many people would agree to Sport, given the fact Messi was set to re-sign a new contract with Barcelona following positive talks between the club and his representatives.

The forward was prepared to take a 50 per cent pay deduction from his previous deal - which was worth more than £425million over four years - to adhere to LaLiga's financial fair play rules.

Nevertheless, Barcelona President Joan Laporta said that the club was not in a position to register the Argentine and insisted that they must part ways.

Both Barcelona and news outlet AS have put the blame on LaLiga - claiming they are the reason the club failed to renew Messi's contract.

Barcelona released a statement that read: 'Despite having reached an agreement between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it cannot be formalized due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations).

'Given this situation, Lionel Messi will not continue linked to FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the Club cannot finally be fulfilled.

'Barca would like to thank with all its heart the player's contribution to the enhancement of the institution and wishes him the best in his personal and professional life.'

Nevertheless, ARA believe Barcelona could have prevented Messi's exit if they had of reduced their wage bill further.

Their headline read: 'Barca can't renew Messi! The club blame LaLiga in making it difficult to continue. A big cut in the wage bill would prevent his exit.'

While Mundo Deportivo couldn't help but shared their surprise at the news with a headline that read: Messi is gone!


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