- Lionel Messi has left Barcelona, but the side effects are beginning to emerge as his departure shaves £116million off the club’s value
- BrandFinance are predicting that Barcelona’s value will drop to £960million, meaning Manchester United will become the second most valuable team
- Real Madrid will remain the most valuable club in the world - currently with a net worth of about £1.08billion
Spanish club Barcelona is now worth less than £1billion following the exit of club legend Lionel Messi who has moved on to join French club Paris Saint-Germain.
SunSport is reporting that the Argentine’s departure has cost the club a staggering £116million is now shaved off the club’s value.
The club’s net worth is set to be cut by 11 percent after the six-time Ballon d’Or winner was told he would no longer continue, according to Inside Sport.
The Catalan club are valued at £1.07billion, but the statistics platform, BrandFinance, claims that the figures will fall by a boggling £116million as a direct consequence of Lionel Messi's exit.
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Barcelona’s value will now slip to £960million, the third-highest valued club in the world after previously being in second place.
La Liga rivals Real Madrid are the most valuable club in the world with a net worth of £1.08billion - just £10million more than Barcelona before Messi's exit.
Should this claim emerge true, Premier League club Manchester United will now become the second most valuable club as the Red Devils are valued at £961million.
The company predicts Barcelona to lose £65.5million through Messi's commercial revenue, £36.5million in shirt sales and £14.4million in matchday related avenues.
Barcelona must move on says Koeman
Meanwhile, Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that their former captain Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, but has said goodbye to Camp Nou, GOAL reports.
The club announced last week that the Argentine would no longer continue at the club, triggering Messi to bid an emotional farewell to the club over the weekend.
Now it will be a herculean task for Koeman to re-shapen Barcelona which is void of Messi, but the manager has reiterated that it was time to move on.
Barca fans pay tributes to Messi
Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona began their post-Lionel Messi era with an impressive 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad to kick-start their 2021-22 La Liga season on a winning note, Marca reports.
After being away for more than 17 months due to the impact of the pandemic, Barcelona fans were allowed into Camp Nou, but only 20,384 were allowed.
The number of fans made an emotional tribute to Messi in the 10th minute of the encounter making their feelings known.