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Lionel Messi Is Leaving Barcelona

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Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi will leave FC Barcelona.

Soccer league La Liga’s limits on spending made it impossible for the club, whose spending far exceeded the limit, to make an agreement with Messi. The club would have needed to completely restructure its finances.

Messi’s departure comes less than a month after he and Barcelona verbally agreed to a five-year deal, which included a substantial pay cut for Messi.

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