It’s official, Lionel Messi is leaving Barcelona. The club announced it on their website and in a Twitter post earlier today. The statement reads:
“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 Barcelona. 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.”
The club has decided to blame LaLiga financial rules rather than take responsibility for their poor financial decisions and boardroom mismanagement in recent seasons. It’s embarrassing their statement is only three paragraphs long. Messi is the clubs greatest ever player and deserves so much better.
LIONEL MESSI’S OPTIONS
The obvious two options are Manchester City and PSG. With Financial Fair Play (FFP) relaxed they have the Petrodollars to meet his contract needs and world class squads to compete for honors.
Chelsea are another possibility and could use the $130 million+ funds they were going to spend on Romelu Lukaku. Inter Milan could use the Lukaku money to sign him.
Another possibility is the MLS. There has been a lot of speculation that Messi is interested playing in the USA at some point of his career. A similar deal to David Beckham’s where they promise him a franchise in the future could be an enticing proposition.
Here are the latest odds:
- PSG 9/2
- Manchester City 11/2
- Any MLS Club 10/1
- Newell Old Boys 12/1
- Inter Milan 20/1
- Chelsea 22/1
- Manchester United 33/1
WHERE TO BET SOCCER IN THE US
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