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.