Barcelona gives final Verdict on Messi

Barcelona gives final Verdict on Messi
Barcelona gives final Verdict on Messi

Barcelona gives final Verdict on Messi

Lionel Messi‘s exit from Barcelona is “irrevocable” according to prospective Camp Nou presidential candidate Toni Freixa, who expects the superstar forward to join Manchester City.

Messi shook world football last week by handing in his notice to leave Barcelona, who he joined as a 13-year-old.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future could now become the subject of legal wrangling, with the Messi camp believing he is entitled to walk away from the final year of his Barca deal for free, while LaLiga issued a statement on Sunday to confirm its stance that the player’s mammoth €700million release clause is still valid.

Messi did not show up for Barcelona’s pre-season coronavirus testing on Sunday and is not expected to attend the first training session under newly installed head coach Ronald Koeman on Monday.

Barcelona gives final Verdict on Messi

City are widely viewed as the frontrunners for Messi’s signature and, once the considerable dust from the affair has settled, Freixa believes the 33-year-old will be reunited with his former coach Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.

“As I have heard from several sources, the preference within the player has propagated over several years and is irrevocable. I don’t believe that there is any going back,” Freixa told Goal.

“I feel a move to Man City is probably ongoing. With Pep, Messi experienced his most brilliant years in Barcelona.

“It would only be rational if both of them work together again. City, like almost all English clubs, also has the financial means to build a team that can win anything.

Barcelona gives final Verdict on Messi

“Messi may be a player who strives for max success. He alone cannot achieve maximum success, he needs a team for that. He does not have one.

“Following the treble in Champions League in 2015, success is missing. That is what concerns him. His decision is due to the negative sporting development in recent years.”

Freixa told Radio Marca last week he was “disappointed” by Messi’s unilateral move to end his Barcelona career, claiming it was made “without respecting” the club.

However, he believes incumbent president Josep Maria Bartomeu must take a hefty share of the blame for a situation he views as “a disaster”.

“The president is that the main person responsible and primarily measured by the team’s successes on the pitch. If these fail to materialise and an important figure such as Messi then thinks he can be more successful elsewhere, this naturally falls back on the main person responsible,” he said.

Barcelona gives final Verdict on Messi

“Bartomeu is definitely responsible for things, since a president also has the responsibility of building an in depth relationship with the team’s protagonists, with the coach and therefore the captains.

“Over the years, he has not succeeded during this . He could not prevent Messi from seeing a change of club as the only alternative for himself. That is a disaster. However: there is never just one guilty one.”

The Messi saga continues a tempestuous couple of weeks for Barcelona in the wake of their humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

Barcelona gives final Verdict on Messi

Head coach Quique Setien followed sporting director Eric Abidal out of the door, while Luis Suarez is one of a number of senior players Koeman is thought to have deemed surplus to requirements.


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