Lionel Messi is officially searching for a new club.
It was expected that Messi would sign an extension with Barcelona but salary cap limits meant they were unable to do the deal.
The Catalan giants released a statement on Thursday afternoon which revealed that their star man had departed.
Messi was the most loyal player in Europe’s top five leagues having been at Barcelona since 2000.
Following Messi’s departure, we’ve listed the 20 players in Europe’s top five leagues that have played the longest for their current clubs.
20. Tony Jantschke | Gladbach | 12 years, one month
19. Hugo Mallo | Celta Vigo | 12 years, one month
18. Nacho | Real Madrid | 12 years, one month
17. Seamus Coleman | Everton | 12 years, seven months
16. Iker Muniain | Athletic Bilbao | 12 years, seven months
15. Thomas Muller | Bayern | 13 years, one month
14. Stefan Radu | Lazio | 13 years, one month
13. Vincent Manceau | SCO Angers | 13 years, one month
12. Anthony Lopes | Lyon | 13 years, one month
11. Koke | Atletico Madrid | 13 years, one month
10. Roberto Torres | Osasuna | 13 years, one month
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9. Gerard Pique | Barcelona | 13 years, seven months
8. Mario Gaspar | Villarreal | 13 years, seven months
7. Sergio Busquets | Barcelona | 13 years, seven months
6. Marcel Schmelzer | Dortmund | 14 years, one month
5. Marcelo | Real Madrid | 14 years, seven months
4. Giorgio Chiellini | Juventus | 16 years, one month
3. Francesco Magnanelli | Sassuolo | 16 years, one month
2. Oier | Osasuna | 16 years, one month
1. Mark Noble | West Ham | 17 years, seven months
Noble is now the longest-serving ‘one-club man’ in Europe’s top five leagues, taking the title from Messi.
The Englishman made his debut for the club in 2004 and has gone on to make 527 appearances.
His time at the club will come to an end next year, though, as he has already announced that the 2021/22 season will be his last.