End of an era: Messi leaves Barcelona, social media in dismay
- Messi exited FC Barcelona
- Messi is leaving this summer after 17 seasons, 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League triumphs
- Messi’s exit from the club has left social media users in a frenzy
The biggest name in world football is officially set to move. Lionel Messi is leaving football club Barcelona. The club on Thursday announced that the iconic forward Lionel Messi won’t re-sign with the club due to “financial and structural obstacles”.
Messi is leaving this summer after 17 seasons, 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League triumphs. In their official statement, Barcelona said, "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.
"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,” it added.
Messi’s exit from the club has left social media users in a frenzy. Twitterati has reacted in every way possible. From shock to gratitude, emotions have been on a massive display on the microblogging site.
While one of the users expressed his shock, saying, “After 17 years at the club, Lionel Messi's time at FC Barcelona is ????!”, another one made a meme out of it and said, “Lionel Messi - End of an Era. The Story. The Greatest Ever.”
Sky Sports News said, "Bottom line is, it all has to do with money."
Argentina National Team reporter with football talk, Roy Neymar, tweeted, “I'm trying to make jokes but seriously, Lionel Messi is out of Barcelona. That's it. His last match was played without fans. No proper good bye for the club's greatest ever player. He's willing to take a 50% cut. FIFTY. And the club can't sign him. This hasn't sunk in yet.”