‘End of an era’ – How the world reacted to Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona

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After more than 20 incredible and illustrious years at the club, Lionel Messi has officially left Barcelona

Messi, who became a free agent at the end of 2020-21, had been expected to sign a new five-year contract but the salary cap imposed by La Liga made it impossible.

“Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish La Liga regulations),” Barca said in a statement.

“As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.

“FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life.”

The 34-year-old bid farewell to the club at an emotional press conference and now looks set to join PSG on a free transfer.

We’ve taken a look at how the world reacted to the huge news.

Gary Lineker

Ray Hudson

Guillem Balague

Memphis Depay

Gerard Pique

Ansu Fati

Sergino Dest

Luis Garcia

Carles Puyol

Cesc Fabregas

Cristobal Soria

Francisco Jose Carrasco 

Alvaro Montero

Newell’s Old Boys


Karim Benzema

Gary Lineker

Henry Winter

Manuel Veth

Ian Doyle

Andy West

Colin Millar

Mark Ogden

Roy Nemer

Liam Gallagher

Darren Bent

Gary Lineker


Bray Wanderers


Biggleswade United

Adebayo Akinfenwa 

Denver Nuggets

Pittsburgh Penguins


Barcelona fans

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