Sadness and devastation have given way to anger with the news Lionel Messi will not be able to continue with Barcelona.
La Liga regulations prevented the Argentinean from signing a new contract with The Catalans, despite the club agreeing a new deal with the six-time Ballon D’Or winner.
"Despite having reached an agreement between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it cannot be formalized due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations,” Barcelona said in a statement.
"Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the Club cannot finally be fulfilled.”
Unfortunately for Messi’s former attacking colleague Antoine Griezmann, the Frenchman has found himself on the end of some nasty abuse from fans of the five-time European champions.
Furious Barcelona fans chanted “Messi left because of you” as the former Atletico Madrid striker reported for Barcelona training.
Griezmann signed for the Blaugrana from Atletico in a deal worth £107 million in 2019.
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While it would be very harsh to label the 30-year-old a flop, it could be said he has not lived up to the transfer fee which made him the sixth most expensive player in football history.
Moreover, it is also understood Barcelona were trying to sell the striker to raise some more funds.
Ronald Koeman’s side were ordered to reduce their wage bill by a staggering €200 million or face the prospect of not being able to register any new signings.
While Griezmann did reportedly offer to take a salary cut if he could return to Diego Simeone’s side, his astronomical £345,000 per week Barcelona salary has been a huge factor in their struggle to reduce their frightening wage bill.
Messi is now on the search for his next adventure in European football.
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