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The 33-year-old has spent his entire career at Camp Nou, winning the Ballon d’Or on six occasions – but now looks set to leave
Lionel Messi has demanded to leave Barcelona by activating a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave on a free transfer.
The 33-year-old has sent a fax to Barcelona communicating his intention to leave behind the club he’s played at for 20 years.
Although his contract is set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season, Messi and his legal team believe the clause will allow him to terminate his deal unilaterally.
Rumours of Messi’s unhappiness have been swirling since Bayern Munich humiliated Barcelona 8-2 in the Champions League quarter-final earlier in August, ending a season that saw the club fail to win any trophies.
Following that match, a source tells Goal they had never seen Messi so dejected and frustrated, which the Argentine immediately communicated to several club executives.
In the aftermath of the Bayern defeat, Barcelona sacked head coach Quique Setien as well as technical manager Eric Abidal.