FC Barcelona faces new trouble as Lionel Messi tells that he wants to leave the club. After 14 years of domination in La Liga, the star notifies club he wants an exit.
According to the source, Messi has sent a Burofax (certified letter) to Barcelona showing his intention to leave the club on Tuesday. He wants to unilaterally break the contract considering a contract’s clause that allows him to do so after completing each season.
However, the club subsequently sent Messi a burofax stating they wanted him to stay at Catalunya and finish his club career at Barca.
Burofax is a service used in Spain to urgently dispatch a legal certificate through a certified email, which issues a digital certificate with legal validity.
Moreover, the sources in Spain tells that he does not want to stay in La Liga, rather he is planning for the English Premier League. Also, there have been rumors in Spanish media that Messi has set his sights on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
FC Barcelona’s Situation and Messi’s Objections:
The shocking news came after a recent defeat of FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. The club was thrown out of the biggest competition in Europe by the German giants FC Bayern Munich last Tuesday. The final scoreline of the match was 8-2. Also, the club went to a trophyless season for the first time in 12 years.
The turmoil increases further when the coach, Ronald Koeman, tell Messi that his ‘privileges are over’ at Barca.
Barca appointed Ronal Koeman last week after the club sacked Quique Setien following the humiliating defeat against Bayern Munich.
Messi has grown increasingly agitated in the last year with how the club is being run under president Josep Bartomeu. Furthermore, in February he also lashed out the football director of FC Barca, Eric Abidal, for the failure in various sectors.
After Barca lost the La Liga title to Real Madrid in July, Messi lambasted the team as being “weak” and “vulnerable” during an interview.
However, Gaspart – who was the president of the club between 2000 and 2003 – told Spanish Newspaper Marca:
“Messi cannot leave. He will have to leave in 2021. I have seen the contract and it is very clear. The clause ended in June and there is no going back. I prefer him to leave next year for zero than to go now for less than €700 million. The club paid the players. And this is not a matter of money, there is a signed contract and that’s it. The club is in charge here, not the player.”