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The Argentine star, Lionel Messi, shook the world of the tournament, Tuesday, to inform his club Barcelona, by fax, of his desire “unilaterally” to terminate the contract linking them until June 30, 2021.
A source inside Barcelona confirmed to Agence France-Presse that his 33-year-old star and captain Messi told the Catalan club by fax that he wanted to terminate his contract “unilaterally,” adding that the player’s lawyers had sent a fax announcing that Messi wanted to terminate his contract unilaterally, under the clause. Who is allowed to do so, which expired on June 10, but the club considers that his contract is valid until June 30, 2021.
The best-selling newspaper, Marca, in Spain, explained, on Tuesday evening: “In principle, this clause expired on June 10, but the unusual nature of this season due to the Corona virus has paved the way for Messi to request the termination of his contract as of now. Towards opening negotiations for his departure, on the basis of the contract termination clause of 700 million euros.
Thus, this warning strike could be followed by a confrontation between experts to determine whether the validity of this item can be extended, given that the season in Spain was suspended between March and June due to the emerging Corona virus.
Lionel Messi will end his Barcelona career with the most goals, assists, titles, individual awards, wins, goal contributions, UCL titles, UCL goals, UCL assists, el classico goals, el classico assists, wins in the club’s history.
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This “total bomb”, as described by the main Argentine sports newspaper “Ole”, comes 11 days after Barcelona’s historic defeat by Bayern Munich 2-8 in the Champions League quarter-finals at the end of a disastrous season that led to a real revolution within the Catalan club.
Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol supported Messi’s desire to leave and wrote on Twitter: “All respect and appreciation to you, Messi, I fully support you in this step, my friend.”
Former Barcelona president Juan Laporta criticized the current president, Bartomeu, for having brought the matter to the club until Messi made his decision.
For his part, the Catalan midfielder Artur Vidal wrote on his Twitter account: “When you keep a tiger in a cage, it does not give up, it is fighting !!!”.
And if Messi leaves the Catalan club, that will be the end of a long 20-year relationship between the Argentine star and Barcelona, Messi joined the club in 2000 at the age of 13, and climbed all the ranks within one of the most famous clubs in the world, to end up obtaining a status “The best player of all time.”