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One year ago: Messi’s painful departure from Barcelona

August 5, 2021 will forever be a determining day in the career of Leo Messi and in the history of world football: the Barcelona announced that he would not have the Argentine star after 19 years at the club. Here, a review of the plot of a shocking news.

The beginning of the exit with the Barcelona statement

A year ago, Messi had just returned from his vacation in Ibiza and met with Joan Laportapresident of Barça, and George Messi, father and representative of crack. After the meeting, the Catalan team ended up publicly telling their reasons for not keeping the idol.

“Despite having reached an agreement between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract todayit cannot be formalized due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations). In this situation, Lionel Messi will not continue tied to the FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the Club cannot finally be fulfilled,” explained Barcelona in its official announcement.

The news was as surprising for the world as for the Messi. Everything was on track to sign a new contract for five years, accepting a 50 percent discount compared to the previous contract, and only the final photo, the handshake with Laporta and the smile for eternity were missing. Precisely for this Leo arrived on Wednesday night at his house in Casteldefels, after his vacation between Rosario, Miami and Ibiza.

The hard moment of Messi

Leo was shocked and sad. Because he had decided to continue in the club of his life, because at no time (after the famous burofax) did he think of playing with another shirt other than the Barcelona one and the culé statement fell like a bomb in the house.

Despite his desire to leave in 2020, the incredible thing is that Rosario wanted to continue in the culé team in the following season. “What I have clear is that I did everything possible. Laporta said that he couldn’t because of the League issue, but I heard a lot of things that were said about me, why I didn’t continue. But I can assure you that on my part I also did everything possible to continue, to stay,” Messi said in his farewell conference at Barcelona.

The emotion of Messi in his farewell.  (EFE/Andreu Dalmau)

The emotion of Messi in his farewell. (EFE/Andreu Dalmau)

“After the elections I went to eat with the new president, we had dinner and we talked.After that meal I was quite convinced that it was going to continue, that everything was going to be okay. Even my contract was never a problem. Then what happened happened, it couldn’t be done and that’s it. I had no doubts. Although there was a lot of talk, I didn’t say anything. We already knew what we had decided and what we planned to do,” Leo explained.

The end and departure of Leo

After all the scandal, the departure of the Argentine star to the PSGwhere he has already completed his first season (he won Ligue 1) and recently began his second, in which He already won the French Super Cup by beating Nantes 4-0.

Messi was chosen as the man of the match in the French Super Cup.

Messi was chosen as the man of the match in the French Super Cup.

It is still hard to believe in that end of Messi in the place where he became the best player in the world and, for many, in history. the man who transformedwith an unforgettable team commanded by Pep Guardiolato a giant like Barsa.

It was more than 20 years, 35 titles as a professional, four Champions League and records that were piled up as goals and geniuses that happened in stadiums throughout Europe and, more than anything, in the Camp Nou. They were, altogether, 672 goals and 778 games with the blaugrana shirt.

However, despite the fact that Rosario is playing for the Parisian team, several important names from Barcelona have already expressed their wish that Leo can return for a second stage. Among these stood out laporta, Xavithe current DT culé and Cesc Fabregasclose friend and former teammate of the Argentine at Barsa.


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