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Football: Lionel Messi leaves FC Barcelona

The love story between Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona comes to an end after more than 20 years of union and success.

The Catalan club announced on Thursday night that the Argentine striker was not going to extend his contract that expired last June.

Aged 34, the six-time Ballon d’Or can sign as soon as he wants, and observers are already sending him to Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain.

Lionel Messi, who has just won the Copa America with Albiceleste, is coming off a complicated season in Catalonia between sporting woes and disputes with his management.

If the love affair ends badly, he will still have won 35 titles with the blaugrana jersey on his shoulders, including 4 Champions Leagues and 10 Spanish championships.

He also holds the records for the number of goals scored and matches played for the Catalan club who still had these days good hope of retaining his nugget.

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