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Lionel Messi wants to leave FC Barcelona

WWorld footballer Lionel Messi wants to leave FC Barcelona for free after 20 years. Corresponding reports from the TV stations TyC Sports and Fox Sports in Messi’s native Argentina have now been confirmed by the club on request, reported the Catalan specialist newspaper “Mundo Deportivo”, something like a house paper of Barça, on Tuesday evening. The club received an official letter from the 33-year-old, it said. Messi wrote that he wanted to draw a clause in his contract through which he could unilaterally terminate at the end of each season, it said.

A giant dispute is inevitable, because there is a problem: From the club’s point of view, the deadline for activating the clause for the past season expired in June, “Mundo Deportivo” and other media write. Meanwhile, Messi is of the opinion that the deadline should be extended because the season has also been extended due to the Corona break.

Fixed transfer clause of 700 million euros

The man from Rosario has been with the Blaugrana for two decades. He has been part of the professional team at FC Barcelona since 2004. He is the longest-serving player in the club. His contract runs until June 30th next year. According to the media, the transfer clause stipulated in the contract is 700 million euros. Whether this can be paid for by the supposedly interested European top clubs such as Manchester City, Juventus Turin, Paris SG or Inter Milan is more than doubtful – especially in times of pandemics.

TyC Sports reported that the six-time world footballer decided to leave after talking to new Barça coach Ronald Koeman. The club had already informed the player that he could not make this decision alone. Last Thursday, the Catalan private broadcaster RAC1 assured that Messi was thinking about emigration. There has not yet been a public statement by the professional on this subject.

The news caused violent reactions in Spain just eleven days after the sensational 2: 8 bankruptcy of Messi and national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen against FC Bayern in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. “For Barça it would be another tragedy after the disaster in Lisbon,” commented a Spanish TV news anchor.

Barcelona experienced their first season without a title since the 2007/08 season. In Catalonia, there is talk of one of the worst crises in club history – one that Messi’s intentions to move are sure to exacerbate. Koeman had declared at his presentation in Barcelona that he wanted to build a new team around Messi. The Argentine is still the best player in the world, said the 57-year-old Dutchman. Club boss Josep Bartomeu had recently vigorously rejected the rumors of Messi’s departure.

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