We all knew it had to happen eventually but not like this. According to the latest reports essentially from all the reliable Catalan journalists, Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona now.
The message was apparently faxed through to the club executives and the Argentine’s decision is final and seemingly irreversible. Not only that but this is it for him at the club. He won’t attend the testing nor the training sessions before the start of the new season with the team.
Multiple sources are stating that Messi wants to leave Barcelona through the exit clause in his contract that allows him to walk for free. Even though it was stated that the said clause had expired on June 10, Messi believes it can be extended due to the season being prolonged.
The club have reportedly confirmed his message and are now having an emergency meeting. Josep Maria Bartomeu and the board will have to assess the situation and act accordingly.
At the very moment, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City seem to be in pole position to snatch the Argentine up this summer. However, even for a club of their size, the player’s wages might be a problem.
Be that as it may, this indeed seems to be an end of an era and Messi could really be serious this time around. We’ll have to wait and see what the board conjures at that meeting but at this point, there’s not much they can do anymore.
The questions remain: will Bartomeu resign now? Is this what Messi ultimately wants?
Only time will tell. We can only hope for the best.
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