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Why Messi Left Barca

Why Messi Left Barca
Posted: 6 August 2021

It is the 24th of June, the year 2000 when a skinny lad from Rosario, Argentina, walks through the gates of La Masia, Barcelona’s world’s famed football academy.

The young man is Lionel Andrés Messi, walking side by side, shoulder to shoulder, cheek to cheek alongside his family, and he is only 13 years of age – the talent is already there – simply undoubted.

Messi is suffering from a growth hormone deficiency, however, his talent is so rare and unique, Barca offer to pay for his growing deficiencies and his parents will receive €1000 wages from the club.

Three years on, at only 16 years, one hundred and forty eight days old, Messi makes his senior debut for the club, a club he has gone on to represent on 778 occasions, scoring a jaw-dropping 672 goals, collecting more than forty titles across La Liga and Europe.

On the 5th of August, at exactly 18:23 CET, Barcelona annouce that their most gifted jewel in the club’s history will be leaving them, how did that happen?

Guillem Balague – Spain’s Top Football Journalist tells us;

“It is a sad, sad day for Barcelona, particularly Lionel Messi – this guy has given his life, soul, and body to the club. The reason he has to leave is because of the financial constraints that Barca face, and the stringent financial challenges LaLiga have set in recent seasons. The entire league will be affected – financially, the image, the viewership will drop, significantly so.”

Dharmesh Sheth & Kaveh Solhekol – Sky Sports Senior Transfer Journalists

“The news broke around 18:15 UK time, but we had to confirm with Barca, who were initially not budging. However, they released a statement 15 minutes later, it was short and precise, which represents the hurt it carried.

“Messi is not an ordinary footballer – he is a Barca man, born and bred, pretty much through and through, really. This will go down as the most saddest days in the history of the football club and of course, the league.

“Messi was due to arrive for his MRI tests on Sunday before starting training on Monday, that’ll not be happening – it’s mind blowing. We spoke to a couple of people near and dear to him, he is devastated, he is hurt, he feels a portion of his life has been ripped off from his fibre,”

Chris Wheatley – The Beautiful Game’s European Correspondent

“Yeah listen Selebalo, it is absolutely unexpected. We cannot imagine what he is going through and already, odds are on for his signature. City have already spent £100m on a single footballer, PSG are blowing everyone out of the water, where will he go? Italy? Can he be mates with Ronaldo in the same team? Can Juve afford two mega superstars? Your guess is as good as mine at the minute,”

The 34-year-old has won ten LaLiga titles, eight Spanish Spanish Super Cups, six Copa Del Reys, four European Champions Leagues, three FIFA Club World Cups, and three UEFA Super Cups – the above are only major titles.

The Beautiful Game would like to thank its partners Sky Sports, particularly top transfer specialists, Kaveh Solhekol, Dharmesh Sheth, and Spain’s great football journalist, Guillem Balague for their insights on this intriguing article.

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Sky Sports – Kaveh Solhekol, Dharmesh Sheth, Guillem Balague, Chris Wheatley, Selebalo Karabo Phasha – Sky Sports England, Spain.