Barcelona President Breaks Silence on Messi’s Exit

FC Barcelona President, Joan Laporta has finally spoken for the first time after the official announcement from the club, stating that Lionel Messi will not sign a new deal with it.

On Friday morning, Barca president Laporta addressed the media in a press conference to discuss the matter.

“I’m here to explain the situation we have reached in the negotiations with Lionel Messi,” the Catalan giants’ chief said.

“First of all, I’d like to say that the inheritance we have received is awful. We don’t have any margin in terms of salary.

“The laws and regulations of La Liga is ruled by Financial Fair Play. We knew that beforehand, but the numbers that they presented us after the audit were worse than they had presented initially.

“What we are spending is a lot more than we expected. We have this salary mass of great magnitude, and it allows for no margin.

“We couldn’t fit in the contract we had with Messi due to FFP.

“In order to register Messi, the club had to agree on a contract that would affect the club for 50 years in terms of television rights.

“I can’t make a decision that will affect the club for the next 50 years. The club is over 100 years old, and above everything, and everyone. Even the greatest player of all time.

“Messi wanted to stay at Barca. We wanted him to stay. It was the first step that was made, a key factor.

“After all of the negotiation process, there comes a moment where you need to say ‘enough’. You need to analyse it, and look at the numbers. In La Liga, we need to abide by the rules.

“Messi has proven that he loves Barca. He has his roots in Barcelona. If you allow me a personal thought: I’m sad, but I’m confident that we did the best in the interest of FC Barcelona.”

In the LaLiga club’s official statement, it was explained that the agreement between the player and club could not happen because of “financial and structural obstacles”.

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