Lionel Messi has asked to leave Barcelona

Lionel Messi has asked to leave Barcelona

Forward Lionel Messi has asked to leave FC Barcelona this summer.

The 33 year old Argentina international, sent a fax to the club on Tuesday saying he wishes to exercise a clause in his contract, allowing him to leave for free with immediate effect.

Barca were beaten 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals on 16 August.

BBC Sports reported that Barcelona, however believed the clause has now expired and Messi is contracted to the club until 2021 with a 700m euro buy-out clause.

The board will meet soon and the only thing that could placate Messi is the resignation of the president and early elections.

 

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