Messi Gone, Finances In Shambles, Barcelona Is A Hot Mess Right Now

While Lionel Messi's departure marks the end of an era for Barcelona, there is plenty more to be resolved at the Nou Camp before the season gets under way:


Barcelona has a gross debt of over one billion euros ($1.17 billion) and years of profligate spending meant they flew too close to the sun once too often.

Even without the Argentine, their salary mass accounts for 95 percent of all income — in football, it is considered viable and healthy to have your wages to income at a maximum ratio of 70 percent.

5 Reasons To Watch Ligue 1 Not Named Messi

Ligue 1 gets a lot of shit these days. As the fifth-best league in Europe, it’s often derided as a “farmer’s league” by the snobbier football fans. Anyone who has actually paid attention to Ligue 1 over the last few years knows this isn’t the case. With the addition of Lionel Messi to the league now official, here are five reasons you should watch Ligue 1 not named Messi. 

Es Argentino Y Tiene 6 Balones De Oro: El PSG Juguetea Con El Anuncio De Su Nuevo Refuerzo

París es una locura. Después de cerrar su legendario capítulo junto al Barcelona, Lionel Messi viajó a la capital francesa para sellar su fichaje con el PSG. El argentino llegó al aeropuerto Le Bourget junto a su familia y fue recibido por miles de fanáticos que encendían bengalas y coreaban su apellido. El astro argentino se asomó por unas de las ventanas del terminal aéreo, llevando una camiseta blanca con la leyenda “Ici c’est Paris” (Aquí es París), lema del club francés. 

This Is Really Happening, Messi Arrives In Paris As PSG Teases Signing

Lionel Messi waved to the Parisian crowds on Tuesday after the news officially broke that he will be joining Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal with an option for a third. Messi landed at Le Bourget airport to finalize the greatest transfer in European soccer history. For those asking, “what did Messi’s shirt say?” his t-shirt read: This is Paris.

Barça Fans Flock To Messi’s Home With Paris Departure Imminent

BARCELONA/PARIS - Barcelona fans gathered outside Lionel Messi's house on Monday and spoke of their sadness at the club's greatest player leaving after 21 years, while Paris Saint-Germain fans eagerly awaited his arrival in the French capital.

One Barça member filed complaints with a French court and with the European Commission to try to block any move by PSG to sign Messi, according to documents seen by Reuters on Monday.

From Bars To Bouncy Castles, Messi Enjoyed His Relaxed Life In Barcelona

BARCELONA — From posing for selfies to enjoying seafront meals and taking his children to bouncy castles, Lionel Messi's down-to-earth existence won him the admiration of many locals in his longtime hometown Barcelona.

Messi bade a tearful farewell to FC Barcelona on Sunday, preparing to find a new life away from the Castelldefels suburb where he lived a peaceful, homely existence.

Messi Breaks Down Into Tears, Receives Standing Ovation During Barça Farewell

BARCELONA — Lionel Messi wept on Sunday as he bade farewell to his boyhood team FC Barcelona and confirmed he was talking with French club Paris St. Germain over a possible move.

The 34-year-old Argentine's emotional news conference followed Barca's announcement last week that it could no longer afford him after a glittering two decades.

Messi Llora En Su Despedida Del Barcelona: "Me Hubiese Gustado Una Última Ovación"

No lo voy a negar, el discurso de despedida de Leo Messi del Barcelona me tocó una fibra. No al nivel del adiós de Marcelo Bielsa a la selección chilena, pero una pena moderada como fanático del fútbol, lo más importante dentro de las cosas menos importantes.

Hay -o quiero creer que hay- algo profundamente triste en su poco ceremoniosa salida, gatillada supuestamente por las normativas de fair play financiero de LaLiga, sin la oportunidad de despedirse a estadio lleno, con una ovación acorde al legado que construyó en sus 21 años ligado al club.

As Potential Arrival Of Messi Looms, New Man Hakimi Sparks PSG To Season-Opening Win

PARIS — Paris St. Germain started its Ligue 1 campaign with a comeback 2-1 win at promoted Troyes on Saturday while anticipating the arrival of six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, who appears set to join the French giant.

Messi will be holding a news conference at 10 a.m. GMT on Sunday after Barcelona said earlier this week that the 34-year-old Argentine will leave the club.