LIONEL Messi is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of his generation.
Why did Messi leave Barcelona?
In the summer of 2021, Barcelona faced a difficult situation.
Despite Messi offering to take a pay cut, Barcelona could not agree new terms with the player due to La Liga’s salary cap rules,
Messi’s contract expired in June 2021, with the debt-ridden club unable to finalise a new one.
With the expiration of his contract, Barcelona’s all-time top goal scorer was left without a club and the five-times European champions without their star player.
La Liga rules introduced in 2013 means that clubs have a floating salary cap.
This is decided for the individual teams by calculating the club’s revenues and total expenditure from debt repayments to operational costs.
Will Messi go back to Barcelona?
It remains to be seen if Messi will ever return to the club in which he made his name, partially because he still has time left on his current PSG contract.
Messi initially signed a two-year contract with the French side, meaning it will expire in July 2023.
Staying in the French capital is reportedly his preference for now at least.
The club’s president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, previously suggested holding talks with Messi over a contract extension after he returned from the World Cup.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has made no secret that he wants their former captain to return to Camp Nou, saying the club will always be his home.
What is Lionel Messi’s net worth?
Messi’s net worth is believed to be around £600million.
Since leaving Barcelona in 2021, it is believed that Messi earns around £700,000 a week with PSG.
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