Barcelona shocked the footballing world earlier in the summer when they announced that they would not be able to offer their greatest ever player, Lionel Messi a new contract, which led to the striker to leave them for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
The club's highest guarantor, Jose Elias has opened up on Messi's exit from the Nou Camp, revealing that the 34-year-old's exit was not strictly down to sporting reasons and there were other reasons involved.
"Messi's departure was coming. Barça] had to generate a new team and with Messi you couldn't. He's at a certain age not to be at Barça... To convert Barça into a winning team passes through a post-Messi project. A decision had to be made eventually," he said in an interview on the show La Sotana.
"Messi wasn't crying because he wasn't staying at Barça, but for a range of things. He was finishing a cycle. And on top of that, he had made his life in Barcelona with his family."
Elias then went on to state the three reasons why Barcelona had to let go of Messi, while also admitting that they had economic and organisational limitations.
"Barça also had some economic and organisational limitations. So there were three reasons for which Messi could not continue. The organisation of the club's wage bill: they had to tackle some salary reductions which were difficult to undertand. Two, we didn't have money to pay him and we were doing handstands to pay him in installments, which is what they are doing in Paris. You have to delude yourself to believe that he could continue.
"And three, we have to generate a new team and new excitement and, with Messi inside, you could not do that."
The Catalan giants who are currently struggling financially and are under massive debt, recently brought in club legend, Xavi Hernandez to replace Ronald Koeman as manager - while also bringing in another legend in Dani Alves, as they look to recapture their past glories.