Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona after the La Liga club were unable to
fulfil the player’s new contract with PSG already in talks with the
Argentina forward.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has officially been a free agent since
July 1 after he failed to agree terms over a renewal before his previous
Barcelona contract expired on June 30.
However, the 34-year-old had been expected to sign a new five-year
contract with the Catalan club, which would have seen his salary
reduced by 50 per cent.
Barcelona have been struggling to reduce their wage bill in line with La
Liga’s financial fair play rules for this coming season.
Messi has spent his entire career at Barcelona, coming through the
club’s academy before going on to score 672 goals in 778 appearances
after making his senior debut in 2003.