I have written a lot over the last two years about Lionel Messi’s fractured relationship with FC Barcelona and the possibility of him leaving the club this summer on a free transfer. But still, when the news broke today that Messi was leaving Barcelona, it was a shock, and headline news around the world.
Some background on today’s announcement. Messi became a free agent last month after his original contract with Barca expired. Press reports indicated, however, that he was set to re-sign with the club albeit on lower pay terms.