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Royal Roundup: Barcelona releases Lionel Messi

Monarchs get first away win, a 2 year old pitch invader in Cincinnati, Canadian women and Brazilian men win Olympic gold, and more...

Lionel Messi of Barcelona Press Conference Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Barcelona has released Lionel Messi! Club president Joan Laporta reports on the financial ruin that led to letting Lionel Messi go. The news sent shockwaves through Spanish soccer fans, and many others world-wide. Messi gave a tearful farewell message to Barcelona fans. Since the news broke there has been speculation on where he will land, the latest rumors would indicate that Paris Saint Germain made the best offer so far. Now the real questions are being asked, can Barcelona and La Liga survive without their biggest financial draw?


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