Argentine football icon, Messi, is leaving Barcelona after more than a decade.
Barcelona announced on its website that Messi is no longer renewing his contract with them.
Messi was near leaving Barcelona last season but the club managed to keep him a little longer.
He has been linked with move to Manchester City.
Barcelona “Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).”
“As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled,” the club said.
“FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life.”
By Melvin Tarlue