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Barcelona announces Messi departure

Published:Thursday | August 5, 2021 | 4:31 PM
Former Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.
Former Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

(AP):

Lionel Messi's time at Barcelona appears to be over.

Barcelona announced Thursday that Messi will not stay with the club, saying that the Spanish league's financial regulations made it impossible to sign the Argentina star to a new contract.

He is leaving after 17 successful seasons in which he propelled the Catalan club to glory, helping it win numerous domestic and international titles since debuting as a teenager.