The entity chaired by Joan Laporta shields itself from “economic and structural obstacles”.
Leo Messi he won’t proceed at Barcelona. It is over. It was the Barça membership itself that introduced this Thursday, August 5, ten days earlier than the beginning of the League, that the Argentine won’t renew his contract. Barcelona, in a three-paragraph word by which it refers back to the “regulations of the Spanish League”, that’s to say the monetary Truthful Play, shields itself in “economic and structural obstacles.
Messi has been perhaps the best footballer that Barcelona ever had. There are even partners who ask for a statue for him in front of the stadium, next to that of Ladislao Kubala Y Johan cruyff, as much as stone and marble tributes tend to be given when there are no longer joys, but memories. They must pile up now that the Rosario, a year after his threat of escape from the Camp Nou burofax madiante, has decided to end an era. He will not wear the Barça shirt again. As simple as that. That crude.
At 34 years old and after 474 goals in 17 years in the first team, the parties have said enough. A year ago, fed up with the former president’s lies Josep Maria Bartomeu, he was already convinced of the need to leave. Now the disappointment takes it Joan Laporta, suffocated by the debts of the old regime, and also unable to sustain the avarice of George, the patriarch. Although Leo does not trust the economic stability of the club, which was willing to offer him 200 million euros to pay in five seasons even if he only played two for Barça, nor does he have guarantees of being able to fine-tune his set-up for the Qatar World Cup, Nor does he see it feasible to further expand his record.