Lionel Messi’s press conference has been organized, with the Barcelona legend expected to break the quiet.
Following his departure from Barcelona, Lionel Messi is expected to break his silence this weekend.
Lionel Messi will hold a press conference on Sunday to break his silence following his stunning exit from Barcelona, according to the club. After failing to extend his contract, the Catalan giants confirmed his departure as a free agent on Thursday.
On Sunday at 12 p.m. CET, Messi will give a press conference at Camp Nou, most likely confirming his exit from Barcelona after 21 great years with the club.
The 34-year-old has agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this month, according to reports.
Following the conclusion of Friday’s negotiations, he is expected to sign a two-year contract with the option of a third year.
PSG is rumored to have reserved the Eiffel Tower, Paris’ most recognizable landmark, for Messi’s welcome ceremony on Tuesday, August 10.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta stated on Friday that Messi’s departure ushers in a new era at the club.
“Leo leaves an amazing legacy,” he remarked. He has changed the course of history. He holds the record for the most victories in the club’s history.
“He leaves his imprint. He has served as a model for a glorious period in Bara’s history. It’s been fantastic.
“Now is the start of a new period for Leo, and there is a before and after. Samitier, Kubala, and Johan, for example. Within this axis, Messi is a reference.
“He has left a legacy of joys, a collective illusion of countless sporting triumphs, and images for the ages. The club owes you an eternal debt of gratitude.”
Due to La Liga’s salary cap, Barcelona would have had to give up some TV rights to extend Messi’s deal.
As a result, Laporta warned that Messi could not stay since it would jeopardize Barca’s future for the next 50 years.
“I can’t make a judgment that will have a 50-year impact on the club,” Laporta explained.
“The club is more than a century old, and it stands above everyone and everything, even the best player on the planet. We will be eternally grateful to him for what he has done for us.
“In order to have fair play, we must either do this or risk putting the club in jeopardy.
“We couldn’t continue on like this, so we had to make a choice, which we did.”