As a result, the surprise news of his breakup with Barcelona dominated the headlines in his native country,
with several publications live-tweeting the story and developments.
On the main page of TyC Sports, there were 14 Messi-related articles;
La Nacion and sports publication Ole each had seven.
The reasons for the separation were covered on television and radio, as well as speculation about where he could go next.
Some even had reporters on the ground outside the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona, reporting live.
Messi to signing a contract to keep him at the club he joined as a 13-year-old, but the Catalan giants were unable to reorganize their finances and stay inside La Liga’s
Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, despite Messi accepting lower pay.
Barcelona, which has a total debt of over 1 billion euros ($1.18 billion), will not be granted any leeway when it comes to following the league’s stringent financial management regulations, according to La Liga president Javier Tebas.