Lionel Messi will not continue at FC Barcelona.
After an entire summer saga last year, this season it looked clear that Lionel Messi would remain at Barcelona. However, financial restraints have been an issue yet despite those issues, Barcelona looked and remained confident in signing their greatest ever player.
Messi landed in Barcelona on Wednesday with media outlets reporting that he would sign his contract on Thursday with an official presentation and announcement on Friday. That was not the case.
FC Barcelona put out a statement stating the following:
Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).
As a result of this situation. Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcleona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.
FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life.
An incredibly storied career with an ending out of his control.