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Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi has reportedly told Barcelona he wants to leave the club on a free transfer after holding crunch talks with new coach Ronald Koeman.
Marca claims the six-time Ballon d’Or winner does not want to continue under the new coach following Barcelona’s embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Reports by several sources claim that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has expressed his decision to quit from the club.
Journalist Alfredo Martinex tweeted: “Today is a very sad day for Barça fans. Leo Messi announces that he does not want to continue at Barcelona. After 29 years and 17 in the professional squad, the greatest player in history wants to go, and Bartomeu stays. The president who has not been able to retain him cannot continue.”
He later added: “Messi will no longer attend testing this weekend or training. The decision is final.”
Messi made his debut for Barcelona in 2004 and has won the Champions League four times.
The Spanish giants believe the clause in Messi’s contract has now expired, the Argentine is contracted to the club until 2021 with a 700 million euro buy-out clause.
A legal battle is now set to follow between Barcelona and M. Messi. The player had a clause in his contract which allowed him to leave for free, if he informed the club of his desire before June 10.
That date has passed and the Spanish giants believe the clause has expired but Messi and his team feel it should be extended to cover the prolonged season – which ran until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Barcelona forward, Luis Suarez has been in support of Messi leaving the club.