Lionel Messi to hold a press conference Sunday says Barcelona

Lionel Messi will take part in a Barcelona press conference on Sunday, three days after the club announced he was leaving after 21 years
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Lionel Messi to hold a press conference Sunday says Barcelona

Barcelona announced on Saturday that Lionel Messi will have a press conference on Sunday, three days after the club announced his departure after 21 years.

Barcelona confirmed in a statement that the 34-year-old will face questions from the press at noon (1000 GMT). They will be his first public remarks following the announcement of his leaving.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta said on Friday that he was not willing to β€œput the club at risk” by renewing Messi's contract, citing the club's massive financial troubles ahead of La Liga's start on August 15.

Barcelona Football Club President Joan Laporta speaking on Friday at a press conference (Credit: EFE/ Alejandro GarcΓ­a/Sipa USA)

Barcelona is no longer negotiating with Messi, according to Laporta, and the Argentine striker is exploring other offers.

According to sources in France, PSG, who signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) in 2017, are the favorites to recruit Messi.

Messi has told PSG of his wish to join the club, according to RMC Sport, and talks are ongoing over a two-year deal with the possibility of a third season.