Lionel Messi Will Leave Barcelona

F.C. Barcelona announced that league rules were forcing a breakup between Messi, the world’s greatest soccer player, and the club he has played for since he was 13. Could it really be that simple?

F.C. Barcelona cannot say it was not warned.

It is not yet a year since the last time a curt communiqué from Camp Nou declared that Lionel Messi’s long affair with the only club he has ever played for was over, and yet here we are again, the greatest player on this planet and also, according to all available evidence, any other, slipping from its grasp. To come so close to losing Messi once might be regarded

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