Lionel Messi Leaves Barcelona

In an announcement that shocked the whole world, FC Barcelona issued an official statement Thursday that the club would not be re-signing Lionel Messi. The official statement, citing the financial state of the club, announced the club could not afford to sign Messi within La Liga’s Financial Fair Play rules. This announcement coming despite the desire of both parties to sign a new contract.

Messi’s Contract and Barça’s Debt

El Mundo sent shock waves through the sports world after leaking Messi’s contract. They made drastic claims that it was Messi’s contract that has lead the club into massive financial trouble. Ignoring the full picture of both Messi’s value and Barcelona’s larger financial issues, El Mundo falsely placed sole responsibility for the club’s situation on Messi.