Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema wasted no time in putting forward his verdict on the bombshell announcement that Lionel Messi would be leaving Barcelona.
Messi, 34, will exit the Camp Nou this summer after Barcelona were unable to renew his contract due to La Liga’s financial rules.
The Barcelona legend, who has been a free agent since July, has now been heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain amid uncertainty surrounding his future.
Benzema, who has battled it out with Messi in heated El Clasico matches, appeared to react to the news with a hilarious post on his Instagram Stories.
Eagle-eyed fans spotted that the 33-year-old Frenchman posted an image from Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed Goodfellas.
The scene features a young Henry Hill running away from an explosion that he caused while working for caporegime Paulie Cicero.
|Credit: Instagram Stories/Karim Benzema|
Barcelona announced on Thursday that plans for Messi to sign a new Barcelona contract were scuppered due to La Liga’s regulation on player registration.
“Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of Spanish La Liga regulations on player registration,” reads the club’s statement.