No longer are rumors appearing in the media these days, journalist Alfredo Martinez himself revealed on Twitter about Lionel Messi’s desire to leave. “Messi contacted the management via fax about his intention to leave the team. This week, he will trigger the contract termination unilateral term and will not join the health check-ups team.”
The Argentine superstar was very angry and was no longer compliant with President Josep Bartomeu ‘s working style, according to the aforementioned newspaper. After a miserable season Leo himself was even more dissatisfied in what Barcelona treated the gods. In turn, close friends Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Sergio Busquets are not included in the new coach Ronald Koeman’s personnel plan.
A deal between Messi and Barca which will run until the summer of 2021 has a deal break fee of up to EUR 700 million. However, the contract signed in 2017 has additional provisions which allow the tango star to leave freely when the season ends in 2019/2020. According to RAC1, although that term expired in June, Messi’s management team claims it is still in place as the season ends late due to the Covid-19 pandemic impact.
The Barcelona leaders are said to have tried to appease Messi in the face of increased pressure. At the same time, Chairman Bartomeu will hold an emergency meeting today (August 26) with his associates.
In Barcelona too many celebrities shared their support for Messi. On his personal page former captain Carles Puyol shared: “Respect and admire. Support you always, Leo.” Although hundreds of fans also gathered outside the club headquarters requesting ways to retain Messi and urged resignation of Chairman Bartomeu.
If he leaves, Manchester City, PSG or Inter Milan would be the perfect destination for Messi. Man City also indicated that if he were to land at Etihad they would be able to fulfill all the salary criteria for the Argentine superstar.