26 Aug, 2020 @ 10:08
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Barcelona FC legend Lionel Messi requests transfer after 20 years at the club amid legal battle

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BARCELONA legend Lionel Messi has requested to leave La Liga giants Barcelona with immediate effect.

A spokesman from the club confirmed the news that the management had received a letter from the star requesting a transfer, for free, this summer.

According to Spanish sources, a feeling of staleness and boredom has engulfed the club, and Messi is struggling to work under such a stagnant atmosphere.

The breakup will not be easy however, as the Argentine still has one year left on his contract after an extension was made back in July 2017.

The extension, worth a staggering €565,000 per week, will officially end in July 2021.

The striker is hoping to take advantage of a clause in his contract that will allow his departure, however the club maintains that this clause ended on June 10.

This will mean that in order to break the contract, Messi will have to fork out €700 million.

Many of the club’s directors are also in favour of Messi leaving despite his performances, as he costs the club €100 million per year.

The La Liga runners up are coming off the back of a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League, a debacle that has surely accelerated the Argentinians decision.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s refusal to resign after the loss is apparently the final nail in the coffin for Messi’s career at Barcelona, the Argentine reportedly unable to continue under such a ‘comedy’. 

Lionel Messi joined Barcelona at the age of 13 and has played for the team ever since, picking up 10 league titles, six Ballon d’Or trophies and scored an incredible 634 goals.   

James Warren

"James spent three years spent working as a junior writer at various English language newspapers in Spain before finding a home at the Olive Press. He previously worked for many years as a bid writer for an international motorsports company. Based in Cordoba since 2014, James covers the southern Subbetica region, northern and inland Malaga and the Axarquia area. Get in touch at [email protected] with news or trustworthy tips that you would like him to cover in these areas"

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