Barcelona have confirmed the departure of Lionel Messi, after failing to finalise a new long-term contract because of financial and structural obstacles.
WuzupNigeria, quoting Goal, reported that the Argentine whose contract with the club expired in the summer was expected to sign a five-year contract with the Blaugrana,
However, after hours of negotiation, the Spanish giant confirmed that they are parting ways with Messi and wished him all the best in a new club.
The club statement 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 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.