Lionel Messi Will Not Return to Barcelona

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Lionel Messi will not return to F.C. Barcelona, the club announced on Thursday.

The 34-year-old superstar, who has been with the club since he was 13, was expected to sign a new contract with Barcelona on Thursday, but amid reports of a breakdown in negotiations, the team said he would not be returning.

“Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations),” the team said in a statement on its website.

This is a developing news story and will be updated.

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