By Nathan Salt For Mailonline
Published: 16:07 BST, 5 September 2020 | Updated: 16:20 BST, 5 September 2020
Luis Enrique has insisted Barcelona 'will continue to win titles' without Lionel Messi as he waded into the saga surrounding the Argentine.
Messi, a six-time Ballon d'Or winner, had been at war with the club as he attempted to push through a move to Manchester City to secure a reunion with Pep Guardiola.
But with LaLiga and club president sticking to the idea Messi had no legal ground to stand on due to the €700million (£630m) release clause in his contract, the 33-year-old begrudgingly confirmed he will now remain at the club.
Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique (left) has backed his old side to continue to be a success even when Lionel Messi (right) departs, despite the player's dramatic u-turn this week
Financial demands made the move 'impossible' and so Messi, who has a year left on his current deal, was left with no choice but to accept his fate at the Nou Camp, for another 12 months at least.
The future of Messi captured the imagination of fans and media across the world and Enrique, who managed Barcelona between 2014 and 2017, guiding them to their last Champions League triumph in 2015, was no exception.
'I think the clubs are above all people, players and presidents. Barcelona, founded in 1899, is one of the best in the world. They have always won titles,' Enrique said ahead of Spain's meeting with Ukraine.