Messi leaves Barcelona after a new contract was not agreed on due to financial obstacles according to Barcelona.
FC Barcelona statement: “Despite 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.”
He was expected to sign a new five year contract with a 50% reduction in his salary.
The 34-year old made his senior debut in 2003 scoring 672 goals in 778 appearances for Barcelona.
Lionel Messi stats at Barcelona.
10 La Liga, 8 SuperCopa De Espana, 7 Copa del Rey, 3 Club World Cup, 4 Champions League, 3 UEFA Super Cups.
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