Messi submits request to Barcelona to dissolve contract

Messi’s contract runs until mid-2021, but he has a clause that allows him to leave at the end of each season. Barcelona would prefer the Argentine to stay and says he should have activated that clause as early as June.

Because of the corona crisis, the season went on longer than normal and perhaps Messi, who has been coming out for Barcelona all his career, used the special circumstances to force a departure. Without a clause he will cost 700 million euros.

Puyol and Suรกrez support Messi

On social media, Messi’s desire to leave goes like wildfire. Carles Puyol twitters: “Respect and admiration, Leo. You have my support, my friend.” And Luis Suรกrez responds with a round of applause.

On Friday Messi had another talk with Ronald Koeman, the new coach of Barcelona. In it he said that he sees himself leaving the club.

Koeman was just about to make Messi “the pillar of his project”.

Messi has been named World Soccer Player of the Year six times and has helped Barcelona win ten national titles and four Champions League cups.

Gary Lineker, former player of Barcelona and now a soccer presenter at the BBC, hopes that the marriage between Messi and Barcelona will not end in a quarrel.