On Tuesday, August 10, construction workers were sighted outside the Camp Nou, Barcelona’s stadium, as they pulled down all posters with Messi’s image. Officials of the club were also seen pulling down street posters that had Messi’s face on them.
Outside the stadium itself, construction workers could be seen pulling down Messi’s face in one of the large posters where Messi took centre stage and was flanked by the club’s German goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen, defender Gerard Piqué and forward Antoine Griezmann.
Barcelona had hurriedly announced that Messi would not be staying at the club in what sources disclosed that even Messi himself was shocked to have seen the announcement on the club’s official website.
Messi addressed an emotional press conference on Sunday, August 8, confirming that his exit from the club had come as a shock to him as he did not expect he would be asked to leave the club.
Prior to the announcement, Messi and Barcelona had already agreed a five-year contract which was expected to run until 2026, but the club craftily changed things in the last minute, with Barcelona President Joan Laporta blaming La Liga for not retaining Messi. However, despite the blame on La Liga which has been a face-saving move, closer scrutiny of the situation revealed that some heavyweights at the club led by President Joan Laporta had carefully worked on Messi’s departure from the club in a way that wouldn’t put them in trouble with the fans.
CitizensAlert has consistently reported that incumbent club president Joan Laporta built his campaigns on the need to build a formidable team around Messi. However, the president immediately fired Messi upon winning the election.
Following Messi’s eviction from the club, Jaume Llopis, an executive at the club, tendered his resignation letter in protest, saying Laporta showed no willingness to keep Messi. Jaume said Laporta will go down in history as the president who fired Messi.
Messi has since agreed a two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain [PSG] and should be unveiled in the next few hours.
Lionel Messi, a serial record-breaker at Barcelona and world football, scored a total of 672 goals in 778 appearances for the Catalan club, winning 35 trophies in the process.