Leading footballer Lionel Messi has announced that he will leave Barcelona.
According to the AFP news agency, Lionel Messi, one of the world’s greatest footballers from Argentina, has decided to leave his football club Barcelona after 16 years.
On Tuesday, the 33-year-old Messi sent a fax to the management of the Spanish club Barcelona in which he demanded an immediate leave from the club, citing a clause in his contract.
It should be noted that last Friday in the quarter finals of the Champions League tournament, Messi’s Barcelona had suffered a humiliating 8-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Barcelona’s defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League is the first time since 2007 that a Spanish club has failed to win a trophy.
A legal battle is expected between the 33- year-old great footballer and the club after he parted ways with the Spanish club.
Messi has faxed the club’s name, saying he has the right to leave the club immediately following a clause in the agreement.
However, the club says the clause expired in June and Messi is under contract with the club until the end of the 2021 season.
According to the Spanish newspaper Marsa, “in principle the clause expires on June 10 , but the unusual nature of the current season due to Corona gave Messi the opportunity to ask the club to release himself immediately.”
After Messi sends a fax message, the club management is expected to meet where they will plan for the future.