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Court orders demolition of Leo Messi’s luxury hotel in Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, has been ordered by a court to demolish his four-star hotel in Barcelona.

El Confidencial reports that Messi’s 77-bedroom building does not meet city standards.

The ‘MiM Sitges’ is located close to where the 34-year-old used to live while he played for the LaLiga side.

Messi also owns hotels in Ibiza and Majorca through the Majestic Hotel Group and spent £26m on the Barcelona-based residence in 2017.

But it is understood Messi bought the hotel without being aware that the Sitges Town Hall had already ordered for it to be demolished as a result of non-compliance with building codes.

The hotel’s balconies are believed to be too large, but the structure could even collapse if they are downsized or torn down.

Apart from that, the fire emergency plan also reportedly failed to meet the authorities’ standards.

Messi became aware of the demolition order when the Spanish newspaper approached him for reaction, which he and his representatives passed on.

The hotel has been praised for its approach to sustainability, with 80% of the material used for the building’s construction either reused or recyclable.

On top of that, it has large tanks that collect waste water from every shower, which is then filtered to be used in the toilets and for watering plants.

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