“Barcelona loses favourite player of all time”
Lionel Messi has told Barcelona, via fax, that he wants to leave the club after nearly 20 years with the organization. CBS Sports Champions League correspondent Guillem Balague confirmed that the club it received the message and Barcelona insist that his clause to leave the team before the 2020-21 season has already expired.
Barca will now hold an emergency meeting to figure out the next steps but the 33-year-old Argentine superstar is aiming to transfer to a new team and start a new chapter in his life after a poor end to last season that resulted with Barca being destroyed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Messi’s decision came after meeting with his new manager Ronald Koeman, according to the report. Messi reportedly has a clause in his contract that would allow him to exit the club before the start of the 2020-21 season.
It was believed that the clause would have expired in June, but reports say Messi’s team is confident it still applies due to the change in the schedule with the club’s season having ended in August instead of May. With the club telling Balague (a football journalist) it has expired, the two sides could be headed for a legal standoff.