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Lionel Messi's FC Barcelona Departure 'Slightly Traumatic', Says La Liga President Javier Tebas

Ali Shibil Roshan
Javier Tebas
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La Liga president Javier Tebas has admitted Lionel Messi's departure from FC Barcelona has been 'slightly traumatic'.

Messi has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract with option for another year after Barcelona announced 'financial and structural obstacles' prevented them from registering a new contract for the Argentine.

Tebas said it hurts Messi has left Barcelona and La Liga, and admitted his departure has been slightly traumatic because 'everything was seemingly on track for a month but then it all fell through in a single afternoon'.

"Of course we want to have the best players playing in LaLiga. Neymar has left, Cristiano has left and now Messi has left. His departure has been slightly traumatic, because everything was seemingly on track for a month but then it all fell through in a single afternoon. It hurts that Messi has left, but we've worked hard to maintain the value of our rights," Tebas said on Thursday, as quoted by SPORT.

Tebas also insisted the reason why Messi could not sign new contract with Barcelona is not La Liga's investment deal with private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, which the Catalan outfit have opted out of. He said: "Barcelona haven't lost Messi due to this. I put it down to other reasons. The club has a lot of debt and made huge losses last season."