Barcelona confirm Lionel Messi will leave this summer after rejecting new contract

Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona (Picture: Getty)

Barcelona have confirmed Lionel Messi will leave the club after the iconic forward turned down a new deal at the Camp Nou.

An official statement on Barcelona’s website said: ‘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.’

More to follow.


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