The club said the new contract was hampered by “economic and structural” reasons.
Various times voted the best football player in the world Lionel Messi is still leaving its long-time employer FC Barcelona, news agencies Reuters and AFP said Thursday night.
Argentine Messi will not sign a follow-up agreement with FC Barcelona, although the parties were told they had previously agreed.
The barrier to the agreement is said to be “economic and structural” reasons.
“Although FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi have reached an agreement and both parties had a clear intention to sign a new agreement, this cannot happen due to economic and structural obstacles,” FC Barcelona said in a statement.
The club clarified that in this situation Messi will not stay with FC Barcelona.
“Both sides are deeply sorry that the wishes of the player and the club did not come true,” the statement said.
The club also thanked Messiah and wished him all the best in the future