It is very likely Lionel Messi will split-up with Barcelona after 20 years of service to the club.
The Argentine football genius made his intention known to the club’s board on Tuesday through a fax.
Reports suggested that the 33-year old was not happy at the club after the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the just ended UEFA Champions League.
There is a clause established in his contract that he can depart the club for free.
On the part of the board, they believe the clause has expired and he still has a contract with a €700million buy-out clause that will end in 2021.
According to them, Messi’s wish could have been granted if he made it clear to them before June 10 as stated in his contract.
The legal team of the six-time Balon d’or winner think otherwise as they claim the season was prolonged due to COVID-19 so that clause in their client’s contract is still relevant.
Dozens of Barcelona fans gathered at the club’s office yesterday to show their displeasure about the current situation.
Some fanatics of the team believe the resignation of Club President Josep Bartomeu can change Messi’s stance.
Former captain of the Spanish side Carles Puyol declared his support for Messi with a tweet that reads
”Respect and admiration,Leo. All my support,friend”.
Messi has been linked to clubs like Manchester City,Manchester United,Inter Milan and PSG as the board is yet to take a firm decision on this matter.
Lionel Messi joined the Blaugrana family at the age of 13 and rise through the ranks to become arguably the greatest player of all time.