It sounds so sad to hear that a team like Barcelona cannot look for all possible means to retain a player like Messi that has contributed a lot to the growth of the club.
Without being told, it is clear that politics is now playing in Barcelona because if Barcelona really wanted to renew his contract, they would have looked for all possible means to retain him.
So President Joan Laporta's return to Barcelona was to sell Messi. How do you take such a decision in a hurry knowing the impacts on the Club's supporters around the world?
(Photo of Joan Laporta)
Despite breaching contract clauses with UNICEF and the Emirates, forcing the player to forfeit 50% of his entitlements President Laporta still denied him a renewal.
First he was set out to embarrass him with publications that the player had become a free Agent even though the Argentine had other binding clauses on his contract. He then followed it up with subsequent boardroom humiliations.
Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique have all crossed their prime, who are the young players primed to take over leadership of the team in a time the Club's football and fortunes have gone down?
Majority of the Agencies from South America and Dubai who tie their commitment to the Club have threatened to pull out. Lionel Messi is not bigger than the Club, however, players of his calibre require engagements from supporters and sponsors who have stood with the Club through thick and thin.
Instead of Laporta thinking of better ways to go about the player, he allowed politics and personal interest cloud his judgement.
It is about something much bigger and what many believe is the true political intrigue behind these developments.
(Photo of Lionel Messi)
Barca have made their position clear. It is not just about choosing their finances over Messi. It is about future plans that go beyond the immediacy of the team. There is so much beneath the surface here.
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