The day after a statement announcing the departure of Lionel Messi, the president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, explained, Friday, that the extension of the Pulga would have represented a financial risk for the club. At the age of 34, the Argentine legend leaves Catalonia after more than 20 seasons spent in the blaugrana shirt.
Extend the contract of the Argentine Lionel Messi would have represented a financial “risk” to FC Barcelona, currently in great difficulties, said, Friday 6 August, its president Joan Laporta. He said he did what was “best for the interests” of the club.
Leo Messi, who leaves Barca after more than twenty years of living together, has “other proposals”, the manager added, without revealing which clubs were courting the player. According to some specialized media, his entourage is in contact with PSG and its Qatari leaders.
End of contract last June, the sixfold Ballon d’Or finds himself at 34 free to sign wherever he wants, a thunderbolt even as the Spanish press expected the imminent conclusion of the agreement between the two parties.
“Sad farewell to a prodigious era”
“Drama, Messi goes!”, headlines the Barcelona sports daily Sport, while Mundo Deportivo, another Catalan sports newspaper, highlights the “bomb” represented by the departure of the “Pulga” (The Chip).
For its part, El Periodico displays on the front page an “Incredible” with a photo of the famous number 10 from the back while La Vanguardia, the major Barcelona general daily, shows a photo of the Argentine greeting the public and writes in a “Messi, sad farewell to a prodigious era”.
For the daily El Pais,” no one expected such a bizarre abandonment ” of Laporta who had promised the club’s supporters that he would manage to keep Messi. This departure marks “a financial, sporting and moral bankruptcy” of the Catalan club, judges the first general daily newspaper of the country.