Lionel Messi is LEAVING Barcelona! Which club will he play for next? | ESPN FC

Lionel Messi is LEAVING Barcelona! Which club will he play for next? | ESPN FC

this was the statement that was attached to that despite fc barcelona lionel messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today this could not happen because of spanish la liga regulations on player registration as a result of this situation messi shall not be staying on at fc barcelona both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the players in the club will alternate ultimately not be fulfilled fc barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandizement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional lives and spanglish there to start us off gab as someone who’s not surprised by much you were surprised by this um i was surprised by it uh at first because i told myself wait a minute you knew what the salary cap was you you’ve been talking to messi you’ve been saying for months that this is your your number one priority is getting him signed so you knew how much you he wanted you knew what he could for uh could afford you ended up committing north of 50 million uh in us dollars on uh wages and nine million euros for emerson and the wages of of eric garcia and aguero and memphis depay did you do your sums wrong i mean i that floored me but then i looked at it a little bit closer and and already the reports are coming out this is basically a power play there’s a lot more that that’s going on here it has to do with the the deal that was uh struck between uh javier tervas the chief of la liga and cbc capital partners which is a private equity group which has agreed in principle that has yet to be approved by the clubs uh a deal to would buy to get 10 percent of liga revenues in exchange for injecting around 3.2 billion dollars in la liga um probably has a little bit to do with the super league as well maybe has a little bit to do with uh with laporte basically saying okay yeah look where messi is really important to la liga you have all these grand plans even if we’re out a little bit relative to the salary cap you got to meet us halfway dude you got to help us out you got to be a little bit flexible here um that was my first reaction it’s a lot easier to blame tebas and than it is maybe to suggest that you got your songs wrong or you couldn’t get a deal done with leonel messi so that’s it jules this is just a massive game of bluff but that’s that’s the first thing i thought is is barcelona bluffing and that statement and the way he came so quickly after that that meeting today between jorge messi leo messi and andrew laporta as well that we we know that was a tense meeting we know that there were clearly some disagreement as well uh and and so soon after that to almost andy like this ending ending 21 years of the greatest player of all time marriage with with one of the greatest team and club of all time as well i thought was just okay this is the poker game starting and i think i see many pocket games here i see one between barcelona and la liga and that’s as well we saw what real madrid came up with later in the day and you could add real madrid to barcelona against la liga very well explained i think it’s also a poker game between la porta and the messi family and the messi clan we know that they don’t agree on commissions that barcelona will have to pay to the mercy family and that could also be a big problem and i think the fact that balsa came out first but also some pressure on the messy clan and the messy family so i just i can see this cam the the guard the game cards everywhere and that’s why i still think that messi will end up staying luis was being the reaction in spain well shocking as you can imagine everybody was surprised about the the first news of uh messi the first very moment the received a text message saying listen uh mess is leaving i thought that that is not true uh i was that wasn’t my word i can tell you it was a bit tougher than that one but that it was choking for everybody and um but everybody understand that is something happening between that i think that after the super league something was not happening around the two top top teams in in spain barcelona almighty making a statement at the same time so things are happening as you guys just mentioned and of course it is a shocking news for everybody but i think there’s still a lot to be happy in the next coming days so he’s leaving at the moment but he might not be leaving but we don’t know yes because it’s all potentially some big big game of chess power play saw real madrid put a statement out as well regarding the uh the uh the series thing the business that’s been going on with la liga and and the injection from uh [Laughter] well i’d rather it would just just i honestly would rather it was just right he’s leaving that’s it done and dusted and let’s let’s let’s see where he’s going if this is just another two or three weeks of wrangling and i don’t know it’s just one one big mess isn’t it i mean i i i don’t think it looks great in him either to be honest if that’s what it is but i i i don’t think it has anything to do with him i mean the weird thing for me obviously is italian and first of all let me see off the top i believe it when i see it that leonardo messi is no longer with barcelona not playing playing in some other that being said surely while messi has been away at cop america and on holidays the the club have been having discussions with his representatives it’s not as though they really were waiting for him to come back to flush us out to have the final say they knew this was going on for quite some time they knew this was a possibility while they’re signing the likes of of aguero and the pious as as god mentioned what this highlights to me is again how poorly barcelona are run as a club the debt that they’re carrying in in excess of of one billion euros their wages outstrip revenues and now this with messi the crown jewel in that football club’s crown um how how do how does this happen how does this drag out all summer long and within 24 hours of him arriving back in in catalonia this bombshell of the news and and it it really is farcical when you think that we are talking about one of the greatest players of all time and one of the great clubs of wolf it’s quite disappointing to sit here now and think it’s all potentially a power play right from a football perspective i think i think it is because you know he has served that club magnificently of course uh and a lot of people myself included would have quite liked to see him i’d like to have seen him or see him go somewhere else and and please trade somewhere else that’s not to say listen damn you honestly that’s not to say that staying at bass is not the right thing for him but i think a lot of people would like to see him go and have a fresh challenge and i was kind of thinking well this is it but obviously there are a lot of things underneath that are that are we don’t we don’t quite know about gab just to put it just all in layman’s terms basically in la liga every club has got a certain amount of salary which they can spend on players barcelona shaka said has exceeded that and their hope was that they would basically give barcelona some leeway in offering lionel messi a new contract because messi is very much the poster boy of la liga so it’s basically a massive standoff is that right between la liga and between barcelona barcelona saying look if you want la liga to be a success you need messi and la liga saying look everyone’s got to live under these same rules you’ve got to abide by them you’ve got to get rid of him is that where we stand and it’s all going to be down to la liga whether or not they’re going to cave i think well uh your first question yeah i think you photographed it uh correctly the salary cap um is based on projected revenues and and costs and uh and whatnot but but you kind of know what it is ahead of time right going into the summer you can still solve players um but but it’s difficult for barcelona’s other players as we know because they all make too much money um but that’s the idea and so one way this gets resolved is that jbus looks around and says well wait a minute um i can’t afford to lose the annual message because people pay a lot of money for uh for legal rights including this network um and without leonel messi it’s just not as valuable maybe cbc capital partners also get cold feet wait we’re giving you 3.2 billion but we want messi to be part of it that’s certainly one reading of it that seems to me to be the most obvious reading um the most pro la porta reading if you will where laporta sits down with messi’s agent who also happens to be his dad and says hey don’t worry about it we got this all agreed we’re going to go and scare javier tebas um and he’s going to cave that’s the most obvious reading but i think it goes beyond that um they might want to blow up the the cvc deal because ultimately longer term it means ramadin and barcelona giving up a lot of control not just to la liga but to cvc capital partners as well to an external investment group who who you know is going to have all sorts of covenants in what they do um and then there’s a third possibility which is sometimes happens you you agree a deal but then it comes down to sign the papers and say hey by the way it’s going to cost you an extra million here an extra million there um so those are kind of the three scenarios we don’t know but tomorrow morning uh at 11 o’clock local time john laporte will be addressing the media and hopefully we’ll get a little bit more clarity but you know what i wouldn’t hold my breath okay so let’s just say he leaves that this is done that whatever is going on sees him leave barcelona according to the bookies jewels psg is the most likely of destinations first off if psg wanted this to happen could they make it happen that’s only believed that they could yes they’ve been working on on a potential offer let’s call it that way for weeks now we’ve mentioned it many times on the show they never believed that he would leave barcelona but just in case to be ready if that day happened and that they could be today then they wanted to be ready and to be able to offer messy something we know that the contact between the messi family and and phd is has always been on and certainly they believed that they would have enough especially this summer when financial fair play is on holidays let’s put it that way that this could be the time that you could keep neymar who’s already extended his contract that you can still have mbappe probably for the last year and then add messi to your to your squad to your roster and that they could make this work i’ve always been skeptical in terms of numbers that they could afford all of them and now you also have to add juan aldem and donnaruma and sergio ramos their wages their transfer fees for hakimi his wages as well so they will also have to sell which is all all part of the same plan but certainly although right now i’m being told they still believe he will stay and that this is all a big bluff they seem to be ready potentially to make him an offer and right now i can only see them being able to afford them yeah have you had a good apparate ski why are you giggling so much no i just looked at the list of potential destinations it’s all the fina it’s all the familiar names and then i see inter milan and i’m thinking to myself wait is this the only scenario i think uh unless there’s something i don’t know even if lukaku leaves the only scenario i think in which messi moves to inkted is the one where messi goes and buys the club from shooting and installs himself there i mean i genuinely i mean that that really would be you know or he goes there and you know reveals he’s an interferent all along and he’s going to pay play for free or something but man yeah no i sorry about that i couldn’t help myself i don’t know who makes these odds i’m sure there’s a lot of there’s a lot of thought behind them my favorite one’s in the mls club right yeah well i mean he’s not going to portland timbers he’s not going to columbus you might have not got a new england revolution stadium huh no he’s not got a well let’s see if you have any mls clubs you can name struggles but i’m thinking the cold ones but you think into miami la galaxy the usual suspect correct wouldn’t it nothing no it’s not like that well not at that point so how um keen would you be to see him at psg uh i just think it’d be nice to see him going somewhere else that’s nothing against barcelona but i i do think it would be a little boost for him towards the end of his career because everybody’s career comes to an end and there’s no doubt he’s not there yet but it’s it’s heading that way and i think it would do but i think as a player sometimes it would do do you as good uh a change is as good as a rest right and uh yeah i mean i mean he’s not been able to get barcelona over the line in the last couple of years so it’s not going to be easy to go and i’m just thinking about if i’m the manager at psg i would just keep i mean that’s some simple talent last two days we’ve been discussing whether it’s fine has been a failure because piers you don’t win if this 11 doesn’t win the champions league footballers field uh luis it’s not a bad front line is it messi and bappy and neymar can you tell me another three that with that powerful problem maybe maybe manchester city at the moment but not many teams in europe or in the world can have that amazing quality up front but i still don’t see it i still don’t see we are talking about leonel messi leaving barcelona i think he doesn’t have to leave i mean he was already outside because i think the contract ended the 30th of june if i can recall so it’s a free agent at the moment so people is talking about no he’s leaving barcelona i don’t know he’s already left so he’s a free agent and anyone can sign him so we’ll see what happened it was interesting uh you know what gab was saying i think it was gab saying there’s a press conference uh for tomorrow morning yes tomorrow morning european time 11 am i’ll give a take but i have i presume we haven’t heard so far from the messi camp no and i wonder if we are going to hear from them because that’s until they say something i don’t think we’re going to get much clarity i think as gab said it will be a press conference tomorrow that might tell us little but until him um him himself or his father comes out then i think we’re all going to be everybody’s just going to be guessing here at the strategy meanwhile jules harry kane has gone very much down the path he’s still against that retreat and the reason i bring him up is that can we foresee a situation where manchester city will look at that cane money and go well you know what why don’t we just get messy yeah yeah yeah of course this is always possible i just think that that the the strategy for the summer is greylish and kane and of course there was a time where there were talks about messi we know that last summer when messi was already close to leaving barcelona that they had a long child with pep guardiola and of course it would have been such a romantic way for him to go back to play with pep again i just think this this time is gone and that that moment was last summer not not this summer again and i and i really cannot see them already so involved in their recruitment greatness is done kane is the next one they’ve been working on it i mean he’s on strike so if they said to him hey it was nice from you to go on strike but you know actually we’re gonna sign someone else i don’t i don’t think that will happen i think it would be grelish and kane and that messy will not end up a city if he does leave barcelona yeah and i i think what joe’s is saying you know city’s priority has been the number nine they’ve gone the opposite way about it at the moment the grillage deal is done but they’re definitely after a striker and we know it’s king there’s no doubt about that look let’s look at it from the other perspective this news is broken today but you telling me none of these big wigs all these clubs knew that this kind of thing was going to happen you’re telling me knob that man city be on the mind messi’s former former manager and other people that have been at barcelona don’t speak to his representatives or indeed maybe him himself be on the minds of free transfer and they get a pointer into what’s going on and so they probably realized that what the boys have been talking about is that this is all one big big play in spain and the potential is that has gone nowhere so they’re just going to carry on with their business right and they’re going to sign greeley’s they’re going to sign kane potentially and then other clubs are going to go out and spend because they know that the the likelihood is that he’s not going to leave and the probably the word on the street amongst the the people that are involved in this they probably knew you know not saying weeks ago but certainly you know at least a day or two ago that this was going to happen right last word on this to everyone louise september 1st of course we’ll see the transfer window close where’s leonel messi with barcelona shirt cap barcelona jones psg three shirts i’ve got them all number ten may see everything no i’m kidding barcelona barcelona wow barcelona wow there you go then oh it’s back to harry kane okay what if he turns up for training i’m going to be disappointed well thank you very much for watching espn on youtube for more sports highlights and analysis be sure to download the espn app and for live streaming premium content and let’s not forget as well espn fc seven days a week subscribe to espn plus
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