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(FILES) On this file photograph taken on February 3, 2021 Barcelona’s Argentinian ahead Lionel Messi reacts in the course of the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) quarter-final soccer match between Granada FC and FC Barcelona at Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium in Granada. – Lionel Messi will finish his 20-year profession with Barcelona after the Argentine celebrity failed to succeed in settlement on a brand new cope with the membership, the Spanish giants introduced on August 5, 2021. (Photograph by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP)

Lionel Messi’s shock impending departure from his solely membership Barcelona was the speak of Spanish media on Friday as they pored over the dramatic information.

“Drama, Messi is off!” was how Barcelona-based each day Sport noticed the event whereas one other Catalan sports activities journal, Mundo Deportivo, mentioned the Argentinian celebrity’s departure from the Catalan giants was a “bombshell”.

“Unbelievable,” was how El Periodico — additionally based mostly within the metropolis — noticed the story which it illustrated with an image of the long-lasting quantity ten who signed on with Barca’s youth academy in 2000 as a 13-year-old in 2004.

One other Barcelona each day, La Vanguardia, headlined its protection with “Messi, unhappy adieu to a prodigious period” alongside {a photograph} of the 34-year-old ten-time league champion and four-time European champion saluting the followers.

Messi had been broadly reported to be set to stick with the membership for an additional 5 years on lowered wages regardless of making an attempt to go away final yr in frustration at Barca’s latest disappointing Champions League showings.

However after 20 years with him of their ranks, Barca mentioned Thursday that they had failed to succeed in settlement on a brand new deal for the signature of one of many best gamers of all time owing to “financial and structural obstacles.”

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is subsequently now free to seek out one other membership — with Paris Saint Germain a rumoured vacation spot — along with his earlier contract having expired on June 30.

In accordance with Sport, “Leo Messi was with none doubt the primary to be shocked at how the negotiations panned out” as “he thought all was to be sealed Thursday” at a ultimate assembly between his father and agent and Barcelona president Joan Laporta.

Barca blamed the deadlock on the Spanish League’s wage cap and Laporta was resulting from elaborate in a press convention Friday.

Nationwide each day El Pais commented that “no one anticipated such a weird abandonment” of talks to seal the mooted new deal which might have seen Messi stay on the Camp Nou till he’s 39.

His departure, the paper opined, represents “a monetary, sporting and ethical failure” on the a part of the membership.

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