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.
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.
There has been too much that has gone wrong over the last few years to fix quickly and many people will need to leave in order to make room for new people to come in, at every level. Unfortunately, Lionel Messi is one of the people that needs to go.
The reality of the situation is not pretty. Bartomeu is gone and can no longer damage the club, but the damage that has already been done, will not disappear overnight.