New Delhi: Lionel Messi has informed Barcelona that he wants to leave the club via fax on Tuesday amid all the transfer speculations ahead of the summer window. The decision comes after Barca’s humiliating loss against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Messi’s contract with the Spanish club ends next summer.
Messi shocks Barcelona, asks club to let him leave
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Messi’s legal team has cited Coronavirus for leaving the club early. The lawyers for Messi have sent Barcelona fax, informing them about him triggering the release clause. “In principal, this clause expired on June 10, but the unusual nature of this season disrupted by the coronavirus opened the way for Messi to ask to be released from his contract now,” wrote Spanish sports daily Marca. “It’s the first step towards opening negotiations over his departure, on the basis of which his release clause amounts to 700 million euros ($828 million).”
The decision has broken a lot of hearts as Messi fans gathered outside the Camp Nou stadium once the news became public.Former Barca skipper, Carlos Puyol wrote: “Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend,” tweeted Puyol while Arturo Vidal posted a cryptic message saying. “When you shut a tiger in a cage he doesn’t give in, he fights back,” he wrote.