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Lionel Messi Is Leaving Barcelona

In a shocking statement Thursday, Barcelona revealed that due to “financial and structural obligations,” the club would not be re-signing Messi. Now the soccer world is left to wonder how this happened and what it means for the future.

 

 

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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