The footballing world was shocked yesterday when it was revealed that Lionel Messi was leaving Barcelona—the club he has played for all his iconic career.
A number of conspiracy theories have already spawned up, explaining why the world’s greatest footballer is quitting Barca.
But club president Joan Laporta has come out to explain what really happened.
According to him, Messi, after his contract with Barca run out, wanted to continue his career at the club but the La Liga rules made things complicated for them.
“Leo wanted to stay at Barca. We wanted him to stay,” he said.
“I want to thank everyone that has been in the negotiations. There were lots of aspects that needed to be negotiated.”
“In La Liga we have to abide by the rules. We think they could be more flexible, but that is not an excuse. We couldn’t abide by it.
“Leo deserves everything. He has proven that he loves Barca. He has his roots in Barcelona. I’m sad but I’m convinced we have done the best for the interests of Barcelona.”