Lionel Messi Tells Barcelona He’s Leaving

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After playing with the Futbol Club Barcelona for nearly two decades, the 33-year-old athlete has reportedly decided to leave. The Argentine star invoked a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave without a transfer fee before the end of his contract. The club is expected to argue his decision is not valid.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi, who captains both the Futbol Club Barcelona and the Argentina national football team, reportedly wants to say goodbye to one of his clubs.

After playing with the Barcelona team for nearly two decades, the 33-year-old athlete has reportedly decided to leave. According to NBC News, Messi already sent the Spanish giants a document detailing his request.

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At this time, Messi has yet to publicly address the news. However, as the outlet pointed out, the soccer star’s choice to move on isn’t too surprising.

Messi, 33, has spent the days since Barcelona’s humiliation by Bayern Munich, in the Champions League quarterfinals just over a week ago, watching his club descend into yet another bout of internal turmoil. Quique Setién, the manager, and the sporting director, Eric Abidal, both departed, and Ronald Koeman, a former Barcelona player, was appointed as coach.

The Spanish club lost 8-2. As NBC News put it, it marked “one of the worst defeats in the player’s career and in the club’s history.”

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

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Additionally, ESPN reported through its sources that Messi wants to leave the Spanish giants this summer, despite the fact that his contract isn’t up until 2021. However, the club confirmed to the sports network that they responded to Messi “saying they want him to stay with them and finish his career at the club.”

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