Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona as Spanish giants blame LaLiga regulations
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Barcelona president Joan Laporta has issued a defiant message following Lionel Messi’s shocking free departure this summer. Laporta vowed that ‘the club is above all’ as he explained the situation and where the Blaugrana now stand.
On Thursday, Barcelona announced that Messi would not be re-signing after his contract expired earlier in the summer.
Now, according to Fabrizio Romano, the 34-year-old has entered talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a summer transfer.
Laporta hosted a live press conference on Friday morning to explain the situation and how Messi’s future has boiled down to this outcome.
The Barca president explained the extreme lengths the club would’ve had to go to in line with Financial Fair Play if they were to extend Messi’s contract.
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He stated that the club must come first above all players, even the world’s best.
Laporta told reporters: “The financial fair play you already know that in LaLiga the cash criterion is not followed.
“That is why we could not enter the first contract agreed with Leo Messi, which I will explain in detail.
“To have this fair play, Barça had to mortgage the club for Half a century is part of the audiovisual rights of the club. And I am not willing to do that for anyone.
“Fortunately we have a 122-year-old institution that is above players, even above the best player in the world. We will be eternally grateful, but the club is above all.”
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