Signalling the top of an period at Barcelona, the place Messi is the document scorer and has gained 4 Champions League titles, the disgruntled Argentine desires to terminate his contract “unilaterally” by triggering a launch clause, a supply advised AFP.
Relations have plummeted this 12 months and hypothesis swirled about Messi’s departure after this month’s humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich, which left Barca with no trophy for the primary time since 2007.
The 33-year-old’s demand sparked protests towards Barcelona’s under-fire president Josep Maria Bartomeu outdoors the Camp Nou the place Messi, synonymous with the membership’s most profitable interval, is worshipped by followers.
“I do not see him anyplace else. I can not consider it,” mentioned Ruben Tejero, 28, certainly one of about 100 followers on the stadium calling for Bartomeu to resign.
“I favor to suppose it is an ultimatum given to administration for Bartomeu to go.”
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Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are amongst these to have been linked to Messi, who’s among the many best gamers in historical past and has wages to match, with a reported weekly wage of practically one million euros.
Barcelona have but to react formally however are understood to consider Messi’s launch clause expired in June, and that he stays underneath contract till the top of the 2021 season.
“In precept, this clause expired on June 10, however the uncommon nature of this season disrupted by the coronavirus opened the best way for Messi to ask to be launched from his contract now,” wrote Spanish sports activities each day Marca.
“It’s step one in the direction of opening negotiations over his departure, on the idea of which his launch clause quantities to 700 million euros ($828 million).”
Messi joined Barcelona’s youth academy on the age of 13 and made his debut in 2004 as a 17-year-old, earlier than happening to attain a membership document 634 targets.
But his future at Barca was thrown into severe doubt by the 8-2 loss to Bayern, the primary time Barca had conceded eight targets in a recreation since dropping to Sevilla 8-Zero within the 1946 Spanish Cup.
The defeat has sparked drastic modifications. Coach Quique Setien was sacked after barely six months in cost, and sporting director Eric Abidal was additionally dismissed.
According to Spanish media, Messi met with new coach Ronald Koeman final week and advised the Dutchman he noticed himself “extra out than in” on the membership.
Koeman has vowed to “battle to place Barca again on prime” and mentioned at his unveiling he was hopeful Messi would stay on the membership for a number of extra years.
But Koeman has reportedly advised Luis Suarez he’s not a part of Barca’s plans, delivering an identical message to Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti.
“The membership wants modifications,” mentioned defender Gerard Pique following the Bayern demolition. “Nobody is untouchable, least of all me. Fresh blood is required to vary this. We’ve hit all-time low.”
Argentine sports activities each day Ole described Messi’s want to go away as a “full bombshell”, however he has had common disagreements with the membership’s board in latest occasions.
The Lisbon loss, Barca’s heaviest in Europe, uncovered an ageing group that Messi repeatedly had mentioned was merely not adequate.
He mentioned it in February and once more in July, when a rant within the aftermath of handing Real Madrid the title changed into a brutal, however sincere, evaluation of their season.
As his relationship with the membership hierarchy grew more and more strained, Messi additionally reacted publicly when Abidal appeared guilty the gamers for the sacking of Ernesto Valverde in January.
He additionally led the fightback from the Barcelona gamers over a dispute with the board in March relating to pay cuts through the coronavirus pandemic.
“Respect and admiration, Leo. All my assist, good friend,” tweeted Barca nice Carles Puyol, a long-time former team-mate of Messi, to which Suarez replied with two applause emojis.
Respeto y admiración, Leo. Todo mi apoyo, amigo.
— Carles Puyol (@Carles5puyol) 1598377615000
Vidal additionally tweeted: “When you shut a tiger in a cage he would not give in, he fights again.
Cuando acorralas a un tigre el no se rinde, el pelea!!!💪🏽👑😉👍🏽🐯 https://t.co/UnZsLNzI9S
— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) 1598379223000