Lionel Messi
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Paris Saint-Germain legend Lionel Messi's £26 million ($34.5 million) four-star hotel managed by Majestic Hotel Group was reportedly ordered to be demolished as it was found not to meet city standards.

MiM Sitges, with 77 bedrooms, is owned by the 34-year-old striker. It is located not far from the private estate he lived on during his days in Barcelona. Sitges is often called the "Saint-Tropez" of Spain and draws tourists from all over the world. The bedrooms include five junior suites and one suite and cost around £105 ($139) per night during high season to stay in a standard room.

Messi was just in the middle of celebrating his triumph on Nov. 29, when he lifted the Ballon d'Or for an incredible seventh time. He nor his team have made any comment regarding the demolition issue. According to El Confidencial, a court order for the demolition of the property is currently pending.

Messi, who owns hotels in Ibiza and Majorca with the Majestic Hotel Group, spent £26 million ($34.5 million) on Hotel MiM Sitges, which sits just over 100 feet from the sea, in 2017. However, according to reports, when he purchased the hotel, Messi did not know that Sitges Town Hall had already ordered its demolition due to its non-compliance with building codes.

Messi is only believed to have been aware of the demolition order when the newspaper publications approached him for comments.

Among the problems which caused the forced demolition is that the balconies are too big. However, the entire construction depends on the balconies. It could lead to the building collapsing if they are downsized or even torn down. Also, according to recent reports, the fire emergency plan failed the authorities.

Hotel MiM Sitges was known to be built sustainably. It is also environmentally friendly, with 80% of the material used for the building's construction being recycled or recyclable. The hotel also operates tanks that collect wastewater from every shower, filtered, cleaned also used in the toilets and watering the plants.

One of the hotel's biggest attractions is their rooftop Sky Bar, which stands out from the crowd, a pool, and incredible panoramic views of the town and the Mediterranean Sea. The facility is complete with spa and massage treatments. Sauna, Turkish bath, sensory showers, a recreational pool, a cold plunge tub and a saltwater pool are also available.

Messi now resides in Paris, leaving Barcelona after 21 years in August.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi of PSG during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between RC Lens (RCL) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on December 4, 2021 in Lens, France. Photo by John Berry/Getty Images

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