Lionel Messi is staying at Barcelona.
All of the commotion, burofaxes, and overall circuit was for nothing.
Messi will throw another year of his prime down the toilet with a poorly run club that makes bad transfer and coaching decisions. Well played.
Credit to Goal for breaking the Messi story.
Messi knew it would be a lengthy battle to leave
While maybe this was something Messi should’ve figured out BEFORE the burofax, it turns out his main reason for staying is to avoid the exact conflict that he started.
He told Goal:
“And this is the reason why I am going to continue in the club. Now I am going to continue in the club because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the €700 million (£624m/$823m) clause, and that this is impossible.”
Goal’s exclusive Lionel Messi interview (VIDEO)
Good stuff. Watch in full here.
So now what?
Well, Messi stays and Barca finish 2nd or 3rd in La Liga while getting knocked out in the Round of 16 or Quarterfinals of the 2020-21 Champions League.