Barcelona FC has been left in turmoil as Lionel Messi jumps ship by agreeing to join rival Real Madrid! Yes you read that right and it's no APRIL FOOL prank..
The five time Ballon D'Or winner who joined Barcelona as a 13-year-old, explained that money was the only factor driving his move.
"With Financial Fair Play, Barcelona could not give me what I wanted and deserved," the 28-year-old said at the pre-match press conference.
The Barcelona legend will depart Camp Nou this summer after the Spanish champions' greatest rivals activated his €250 million buy-out clause."I recommended they fund my contract by selling the Camp Nou, but for some reason they valued the club more than me.
Messi further stated that "a man of my status should have a 2000-metre long mega-yacht, staffed and powered at all times. Like [Roman] Abramovich. The purchase and operating costs alone demand that I take home €50m per year after tax. Minimum. Is that too much to ask?"
Barcelona, meanwhile, continue to be beset by financial difficulties but are expected to replace Messi with Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, who will be mentored by Uruguay star Luis Suarez.Barcelona FC fans how business?
However, you're on your own o..HAPPY APRIL FOOL's Day people