After more than 20 years of permanence, where he made great history in world football by becoming one of the most outstanding players of all time, Lionel Andrés Messi left FC Barcelona when he did not reach an agreement with the club’s board and with La Liga, and has already traveled to France to sign with PSG.
Although the 34-year-old star from Rosario became one of the greatest idols in the history of the institution “Culé” for the goals, titles and loyalty achieved, the club decided to make a drastic but wise decision in the last hours, after the formal farewell of Lionel himself at a press conference.
Barça operatives removed Messi’s image from the main signage on the Camp Nou façade, remaining as part of the gigantography Ter Stegen, Piqué, Griezmann and De Jong, the new banners of the group directed by Ronald Koeman.
However, there could be some modifications to the banner: the first candidate to appear is Sergio Busquets, nothing less than the new captain of the team after the departure of Messi. In second order, the Dutch Memphis Depay it could be the other option, although nothing is confirmed: What did hurt a lot is the removal of the image of Lionel, who will no longer dress as Blaugrana.
“When we went to the five-year contract, with La Liga saying that this could fit, after a technical analysis by La Liga’s economic commission, it didn’t quite fit either. And it all ended up unleashing with that operation that gave us money in exchange of mortgaging us 50 years. That does not suit the entity, Barcelona is above players, coaches and the president. Above all”, Laporta clarified a few days ago. Clarito, right?