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Barcelona release seven-minute video celebrating Messi's career

Barcelona release emotional seven-minute video celebrating Lionel Messi’s incredible Nou Camp career as fans are left devastated by the exit of their greatest ever player after 10 LaLiga titles, four Champions Leagues and seven Copa del Reys in 21 years

  • Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi will not be staying at the club
  • Barca have said that it was ‘because of financial and structural obstacles’
  • As a result, they have shared a seven-minute video featuring his best clips
  • The video is titled ‘The ultimate best of Messi’ and thanks him for his contribution

Barcelona have released a seven-minute video featuring the best clips of Lionel Messi following the news of his departure from the club. 

Messi became a free agent this summer after his original contract with Barca expired, but he was expected to re-sign with the club following positive initial talks between all parties. 

However, Barcelona have now confirmed that Messi will not be signing a new contract because of LaLiga’s financial regulations and have instead shared an emotional farewell video on their social media channels.

Barcelona have released a seven-minute video featuring the best clips of Lionel Messi (above) following the news of his departure from the club

The video, titled ‘The ultimate best of Messi’, features a montage piecing together the best goals and moments from the Argentine’s 21 years at the Nou Camp. 

The clip, shared on Barcelona’s Twitter page, was captioned ‘thank you Leo’ as they paid tribute to his phenomenal career and contribution to the club. 

Messi joined Barca’s famous La Masia academy from Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys in 2000 at just 13 years old. 

He went on to make his senior debut in 2004 at just 16 years old and featured 778 for the club in total across his 21-year-career. 

During that time Messi became Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals including 120 Champions League goals and a record 474 LaLiga goals.   

Messi joined Barca’s famous La Masia academy from Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys in 2000

He went on to make his senior debut in 2004 at just 16 years old and featured 778 times

He also managed 10 LaLiga titles, four Champions Leagues and seven Copa del Reys. 

Messi’s individual contribution also saw him claim the European Golden Shoe award for the continent’s top scorer on six occasions.

As a result, Barcelona were disappointed to announce his departure this summer. They have even blamed LaLiga for the failure to reach an agreement with the 34-year-old. 

President Joan Laporta had reportedly made Messi a priority this summer and was focused on signing the Argentine until 2026. 

During that time Messi became Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals including 120 Champions League goals and a record 474 LaLiga goals 

Messi’s individual contribution also saw him claim the European Golden Shoe award for the continent’s top scorer on six occasions (above)

However, the club have sited ‘financial and structural obstacles’ as their inability to secure his signature for the next five years. 

A statement on their official website read: ‘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 LaLiga regulations].

‘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.’    




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