Expert: Messi’s departure may be part of wider battle between Barca and La Liga

8 August 2021

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Photo: Alamy Argentine forward Lionel Messi gets emotional during a press conference to explain his version of the reasons for his departure from Barcelona FC in Barcelona, Spain, 08 Augut 2021.

A tearful Lionel Messi confirmed his Barcelona exit on Sunday, but might it be part of emerging stand off between Barca and La Liga over financial controls, private equity deal and Super League?

“Given the importance of iconic stars, such as Messi himself, to the value of the LaLiga brand…it is not pure speculation to consider that this tension…could ultimately lead to a relaxation of the economic controls to enable Messi to stay.”

LaLiga general assembly meet on Thursday to decide on €2.9 billion CVC deal.

James Corbett, Senior Correspondent corbett@offthepitch.com

As a prelude to what could the most momentous week in modern Spanish football history, it certainly had drama.

A tearful Lionel Messi. Legions of shocked socios. The announcement no one really ever expected to actually happen: the Argentine confirming his departure from Barcelona after 21 years man and boy.

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