Messi 'ordered to demolish' R549m hotel

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Pairs Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi is reportedly set to take a major financial loss after receiving a court order from the city of Barcelona. 

Having spent two decades in Catalonia, Messi has built some of his business ventures in the region, but he has now been ordered to demolish his hotel in Barcelona, per El Confidencial. 

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With the 34-year-old's Hotel MiM Sitges said to be worth £26 million (R549 million), the court wants the 77-room accommodation facility taken down as it does not meet building standards in the city. 

The court order is said to have found that the hotel's balconies are too big, and that the building faces the risk of collapsing if they are reduced or removed. 

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The hotel's fire emergency plan is also understood to be below the required standards set out by the authorities.

It is further claimed that the former FC Barcelona talisman had no knowledge the property had already been ordered to be taken down when he purchased it back in 2017, and only found out when El Confidencial asked him for comment. 

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