Lionel Messi has officially announced that he is leaving Barcelona.

The 34-year-old has been with the Spanish team for a huge 16 years, first playing in the 2005/06 season and winning the prestigious Balon D’Or a whopping six times.

His departure comes after the La Liga failed to fulfil Messi’s new five-year contract, which would have seen his salary reduced by 50%, due to “financial and structural obstacles”.

The news has come as a shock to football fans across the world who have been taking to Twitter to react with memes. Here are 17 of the best ones…

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17 Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona Memes

Guardiola on his was to Sheikh Mansour after hearing Messi has left Barcelona.

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You wish Arsenal.

Ligue 1 teams facing the PSG squad with Messi next season.

Ronaldo leaving vs Messi leaving.

Barcelona strikers now Messi is gone.

Teaching Messi the basics of academic writing.

Messi is bigger than La Liga.

Watching Messi score a hat-trick against Barcelona.

His only replacement.

Messi fans supporting whatever club he moves to.

If Messi can leave Barcelona, she can leave you.

Sergio Aguero after hearing the news.

The UCL when PSG sign Messi.

Messi when he sees Bruno Fernandes taking a Penalty for the first time.

Other teams bidding for Messi vs Arsenal.

Messi watching the football world fight over him.

Well, that quote didn’t age well.

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