Sunday, April 3, 2016


2219432_heroaThe Barcelona legend will depart Camp Nou this
summer after the Spanish champions' greatest rivals
activated his €250 million buy-out clause Lionel Messi has left Barcelona in turmoil by agreeing
to join Real Madrid at the end of the season in a
record-breaking five-year deal that will be worth
around half a billion euros.
The Argentine forward, winner of five Ballon d'Or
awards and considered one of the greatest players of
all time, will cost Madrid €250m to buy and
approximately the same again in agent fees,
commissions and wages.
The move was announced directly before Saturday's
Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu in what appears to
have been a deliberate move to destabilise the Liga
Messi, who joined Barcelona as a 13-year-old,
explained that money was the only factor driving his
"With Financial Fair Play, Barcelona could not give me
what I wanted and deserved," the 28-year-old said at
the pre-match press conference.
"I recommended they fund my contract by selling the
Camp Nou, but for some reason they valued the club
more than me.
"When I learned this, I was heartbroken and our
relationship was finished.
"A man of my status should have a 2000-metre long
mega-yacht, staffed and powered at all times. Like
[Roman] Abramovich. The purchase and operating
costs alone demand that I take home €50m per year
after tax. Minimum. Is that too much to ask?" However, Goal correspondent Garry McGarry obtained
exclusive information hinting at other reasons for the
"Gerard Pique kept beating Messi at Fifa," McGarry
explained in a series of poorly-worded tweets. "Messi
hates to lose and became angered when the club
refused to replace Pique's left hand with a pirate's
"That was it for the ‘little dictator’, and he has done
the unthinkable."
Sources in Madrid have indicated that Messi has also
been offered the British Overseas Territory of
Gibraltar, "when we get it back after Britain leaves the
EU", information which was not confirmed or denied
by the Messi camp.
In an official statement released by Real Madrid,
Cristiano Ronaldo said he was delighted to welcome
Messi aboard and that he was "looking forward to
receiving his support from the wing".
Barcelona, meanwhile, continue to be beset by
financial difficulties but are expected to replace Messi
with Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, who will be
mentored by Uruguay star Luis Suarez.2936122

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