Lionel Messi is still trying to process like the rest of us. Barcelona announced on Thursday afternoon that the captain will no longer stay at the club with a bombshell statement, claiming that La Liga rules made it impossible for Barça to register Messi’s contract, and the player is in “shock” according to a report from Mundo Deportivo.
Messi will not make any public statement until there is more clarity, and some of that clarity should come in the form of a press conference by president Joan Laporta on Friday. Messi wants to say goodbye to the fans and wants to release a joint statement with Barça, according to the report.
Messi returned to Barcelona from vacation on Wednesday and was absolutely certain he was going to sign a new five-year deal with the club, with reports saying only minor details had to be worked through between the two parties before the deal was made official this weekend.
But everything has changed, and literally everyone, Messi included, in the sports world was blindsided by the news. Lionel Messi really isn’t a Barça player anymore. Wow.