Lionel Messi leaving FC Barcelona in stunner

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi will not return to FC Barcelona, the team announced Thursday in a stunning turn of events.

The team said it could not afford a previously agreed upon deal due to “economic and structural obstacles.”

The 34-year-old last month agreed to a 50 percent pay cut from the $594 million he made on his last deal.

“Despite having reached an agreement between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it cannot be formalized due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations),” the team said. “As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.”

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