ATLANTA, GEORGIA—After 18 years of being a regular competitor in the Champions League group stage, FC Barcelona will miss that chance this year.
This scenario emerged after Barcelona suffered a 0-3 defeat at the hands of FC Bayern Munich on Wednesday night at Allianz Arena.
With the win, Bayern wraps up a perfect group stage with 18 points from six games and a goal difference of 22-3.
Thomas Müller and Leroy Sané handed Bayern a two-goal lead in the first half, Jamal Musiala rounding off the scoreline after the hour mark.
The defeat also means that Barça will instead be playing in the Europa League when Europe returns in early 2022.
For defeat in the south of Germany coupled with Benfica’s 2-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv means it will be the Portuguese side that will be joining Bayern in the last sixteen of Europe’s premier club competition.
Earlier, Barcelona has signed teen soccer star Ansu Fati to a new contract until 2027.
Sources said the contract has a release clause of €1 billion ($1.16 billion) for the 18-year-old forward.
Fati is seen as key to the club’s future in the post-Messi era and has even inherited the No. 10 shirt previously worn by the Argentina star.
Sources also revealed that the player’s new deal will include a staggering salary which increases each season. The release clause in the contract, meanwhile, has risen to a club-record €1bn, matching the figure included in the terms signed by young midfielder Pedri recently.
Ansu’s previous contract — which was negotiated by his ex-agent, Rodrigo Messi — included an option to extend by two years, but there was confusion over whether Barca would be able to execute it unilaterally.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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