Barcelona Should Have Let Messi Go
Lionel Messi could not agree on terms with the club. Essentially, the club refused to let him go, and he has since had to stay at the club until the end of the current La Liga season.
Barcelona suffered a shock 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in August this year. The loss prompted the team’s captain Lionel Messi to seek release from his contract with the club. Barcelona is the richest club in the world and is very much a juggernaut in football. Barcelona is only rivaled by the likes of Real Madrid when it comes to finances and has over the years dominated Spanish football and the UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona Refuses to Let Messi Go
Lionel Messi could not agree on terms with the club. Essentially, the club refused to let him go, and he has since had to stay at the club until the end of the current La Liga season. The club recently suffered a 3-1 loss against Real Madrid in El Clasico after goals from Federico Valverde, Sergio Ramos, and Luka Modric. Messi’s rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, missed the game due to suffering COVID-19 and was in isolation.
Barcelona's President Resigns from the Club
Barcelona’s president Josep Bartomeu has recently resigned from the club after an impending vote by the club’s board that was set to kick him out. Messi’s intent to leave the club was a huge blow to the club in a year when it lost over 88 million euros after the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Messi is no doubt shouldering the club and has shouldered it for quite a while.
Messi: The Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T)
Messi joined the club as a teenager and is today the world’s best football player and the greatest football player of all time (G.O.A.T). Messi later came out to say that he had wanted to leave the club for a while but was bound by his contract. Back in 2017, his contract required him to express intent to leave before June 2020, allowing him to leave the club in this year’s summer. However, he got in a tussle with the club and could not leave as it would have cost over seven hundred million euros for him to leave the club.