Barcelona are more than £1bn in the red, have let Lionel Messi leave on a free transfer, made a £68m loss on Antoine Griezmann in two years and have a squad depleted by their mismanagement and financial problems. Will things get worse before they get better at the nou camp.
Barcelona have offloaded players left, right and centre – including Lionel Messi – and are still shackled by more than £1bn of debt. Where do they go from here?
Some eight senior players have left the Nou Camp amid a fire sale to bring the club’s wage bill towards something vaguely approaching La Liga’s new rules on financial prudence. None of those departures will be felt anywhere near as much as Messi, who even himself did not expect to move on until the morning it was announced.
That the club’s greatest player should depart in this way, in tears at a hastily-called press briefing to justify the club’s decision, speaks volumes for it’s decline.