Lionel Messi has advised Barcelona he would like to depart the club following practically two decades with the Spanish giants.
The club confirmed to The Connected Press on Tuesday that the Argentina good sent a document expressing his wish to depart.
The announcement comes eleven days following Barcelona’s humiliating eight-two reduction to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, a single of the worst defeats in the player’s occupation and in the club’s background.
The defeat capped a complicated season for Barcelona – the very first without the need of a title considering the fact that 2007-08 – and ignited a single of its worst crises ever.
The 33-yr-outdated Messi has won a record 6 Ballon d’Or awards throughout his time at Barcelona as the best player in the globe, and has assisted the club win ten Spanish league titles and 4 Champions League crowns.
Barcelona to look for legal assistance in excess of release clause
Nonetheless, his try to exit the club could now lead to a legal battle in between the two sides in excess of a clause in his contract.
Barcelona mentioned the document sent by Messi referenced a clause making it possible for him to depart for absolutely free at the finish of the season. Nonetheless, the club mentioned the deadline for triggering that clause expired in June and that it would look for legal assistance.
The Spanish season would generally have ended in Might but was pushed back mainly because of the coronavirus pandemic.
If Messi can depart for absolutely free, he will have no shortage of suitors. Nonetheless, only a handful of clubs could realistically afford to spend his wages even without the need of a transfer charge – with mega-wealthy Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City extensively witnessed as possibly the most possible locations.
Messi had been outspoken about his dissatisfaction with some of Barcelona’s choices this season. He had been silent considering the fact that the reduction to Bayern, however, raising doubts about his long term.
Club president Josep Bartomeu had mentioned he was assured that Messi would finish his occupation with Barcelona, and that he was a vital component of incoming coach Ronald Koeman’s programs for the group.
Koeman met with Messi final week and the player reportedly advised the Dutchman that he noticed himself much more out than in at the club at that second.