26 Aug Lionel Messi allegedly left Barcelona
Lionel Messi reportedly told F.C. Barcelona that is going to leave, escalating the crisis that is currently affecting the club. Messi has been with the club since he was only 12 years old, when almost every record was broken, he won the Ballon d’Or six times and, arguably, established himself as the greatest ever footballer.
According to reports of his desire to leave, Messi told Barcelona that he wanted to activate a clause in his contract that would allow him to cancel his contract unilaterally. Barcelona is believed to charge the player a fee, arguing that the contractual clause had expired on 10 June. The biggest stumbling block for teams seeking to sign Messi is their annual salary, valued at GBP 26 million (approximately USD 34.15 million). This significantly reduces the number of teams willing to afford Messi ‘s salary, with only the super-rich clubs, including Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, reportedly tied to the Argentinian forward, while Inter Milan is still believed to be planning the approach.
While it is a shock that Messi has reportedly chosen to leave the club, speculation about his future has escalated since Barcelona lost 8-2 to Bayern Munich earlier this month. The club has made it clear to many of its aging players, while new manager Ronald Koeman has publicly expressed his hope that Messi will finish his career in Barcelona.
The news of his prospective departure was first broken by the Spanish publication TyC, which reported that Messi had informed the club after a meeting with Koeman. Since then, former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has tweeted his “respect and admiration” for Messi. – Adapted from Hypebeast