Lionel Messi asks to leave Barcelona, invokes release clause in his contract

Argentina Forward, Lionel Messi, has asked Barcelona to exercise a clause in his contract that allows him to leave the club immediately.

Messi, 33, 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.

This is after Barcelona went without any trophy last season and with a 8 – 2 defeat by FC Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals on August 16, 2020.

Out of the five times Barcelona has won the Champions League, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner who made his debut in 2004, won it with them four times.

Although, Barcelona believe the clause has now expired and Messi is contracted to the club until 2021 with a 700m euro buy-out clause; Messi and his team feel it should be extended to cover the prolonged season – which ran until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Messi in the contract clause allows him to leave for free, if he informed the club of his desire before 10 June. A legal battle is now set to follow between the club and the player.

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