Between the disappointment of fans who dreamed of a last dance at the Camp Nou and the vision of a "great tribute" in the future, Barcelona received with regret on Tuesday the announcement of Lionel Messi of his soccer continuity in Inter Miami of the MLS of the United States. "Teatro del bueno", title of the newspaper La Vanguardia to graph what the culés feel about the last weeks of negotiation.
The cover of La Vanguardia.
In social networks, the negative demonstrations multiplied, mainly against the club for not having been able to generate the ideal context for the Messi family to return to the city that made him happy.
And the club, as a reflex blow minutes after the official announcement of the 'Flea', also published its version of a negotiation handled, media and that did not come to fruition.
The first thing that emerged from the statement is that Jorge Messi, the father of the world champion footballer from Rosario, communicated the decision to leave for the MLS last Monday, in a meeting at the offices of president Joan Laporta, from which he left with a mantle of illusion regarding the possible return to Barcelona.
"Last Monday 5, Jorge Messi, father and representative of the footballer, transferred to the president of the Club, Joan Laporta, the player's decision to sign for Inter Miami despite having a proposal presented by Barça before the will expressed by both FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi to wear Barça again", He began the three-paragraph brief.
The second important point is that, in this context, they even spoke of "a great tribute from Barça to a footballer who has been, is and will always be loved by Barça".
Laporta "understood and respected" the decision made by Messi to "want to compete in a championship with fewer demands and further away from the focus and pressure" to which he has been subjected in recent years.
"FC Barcelona wishes Lionel Messi good luck in his new professional stage," completed the Catalan club, with whom Messi was united for 17 consecutive seasons, with 778 games played and 672 goals converted, 34 titles won.