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Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona after monetary, structural obstacles derail deal

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Lionel Messi won’t be returning to Barcelona regardless of agreeing to a brand new contract, the membership introduced on Thursday.

Messi had agreed to a deal in precept earlier in the summertime however Barcelona stated he can’t keep “due to monetary and structural obstacles.”

La Liga imposed a brand new wage restrict for the 2020-21 season and Barcelona was instructed they’d should cut back its gargantuan wage invoice to conform. Additional reductions are anticipated for the upcoming marketing campaign as properly. Nonetheless, the membership has since signed Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero, Emerson Royal and Memphis Depay in latest weeks.

Messi agreed to a “important” pay minimize for each side to conform to a brand new deal, in line with ESPN. His earlier contract was valued at round €500 million.

The 34-year-old was a free agent final summer season and threatened to depart the membership, however the election of membership president Joan Laporta appeared to persuade Messi to remain.

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