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Messi set to bid farewell to Barcelona fans on Sunday

Lionel Messi has been largely quiet about his future ever since he confirmed that he wanted to leave FC Barcelona last summer. It has been believed that he had changed his mind, but the club’s announcement on Thursday proved that he won’t be able to stay even if he wanted to. The player himself will be able to clear the air and answer some questions about his departure when he says goodbye to the fans during a press conference on Sunday at 12:00 CEST.

FC Barcelona’s website confirmed that their former captain will be facing members of the media in just a few hours. It will be a rare opportunity for fans to hear the details of what transpired straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak.

It was earlier believed that Messi already agreed to a contract extension, but the club was unable to balance its books in time to be able to register the new deal. The club had asked La Liga Santander for consideration, but the league was not interested in bending the rules for the Catalan giants at the expense of the other clubs.

Those who are observing the market can clearly see that Barcelona’s unwillingness to let go of high earners at below-value transfer fees meant that they did not succeed in slashing their wage bill enough to accommodate Messi.

Another interesting claim suggests that the club had asked Messi to accept a 70% pay cut, much more than the previous agreement of 50%.