Signalling the tip of an period at Barcelona, the place Messi is the file scorer and has received 4 Champions League titles, the disgruntled Argentine desires to terminate his contract “unilaterally” by triggering a launch clause, a supply instructed AFP.
Relations have plummeted this yr 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 out a trophy for the primary time since 2007.
The 33-year-old’s demand, faxed by his attorneys, prompted protests towards Barcelona’s under-fire president Josep Maria Bartomeu exterior the Camp Nou the place Messi, synonymous with the membership’s most profitable interval, is worshipped by followers.
“And the bomb explodes: ‘I need to depart Barca’,” headlined Spain’s best-selling Marca newspaper on Wednesday.
“The Messi bomb: He desires to go away,” learn Catalan sports activities each day Mundo Deportivo, whereas Sport newspaper headlined “All-out warfare!”
Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are among the many golf equipment 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 almost a million euros.
ESPN reported that Messi spoke final week with Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola a couple of attainable transfer. A Barcelona-based Brazilian journalist additionally stated Messi desires to play below his former Barcelona coach.
Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he desires to go away the membership
Barcelona have but to react formally however are understood to imagine Messi’s launch clause expired in June, and that he stays below contract till the tip 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 Marca.
“It’s step one in 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 occurring to attain a club-record 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 sport 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 instructed the Dutchman he noticed himself “extra out than in” on the membership.
Koeman has vowed to “struggle to place Barca again on high” and stated at his unveiling he was hopeful Messi would stay on the membership for a number of extra years.
But Koeman has reportedly instructed Luis Suarez he’s now not a part of Barca’s plans, delivering an analogous message to Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti.
“The membership wants modifications,” stated 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 depart as a “full bombshell”, however he has had common disagreements with the membership’s board in latest instances.
The Lisbon loss, Barca’s heaviest in Europe, uncovered an ageing workforce that Messi repeatedly had stated was merely not adequate.
He stated it in February and once more in July, when a rant within the aftermath of handing Real Madrid the title become 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 responsible 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 in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Respect and admiration, Leo. All my help, 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