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Lionel Messi is Barcelona, Barcelona is Lionel Messi

The GOAT’s loyalty should not be questioned

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The transfer window has finally come to a desperate end, an ending we have all been yearning for since the never-ending soap opera drama surrounding Neymar and his possible return to the Camp Nou took off. At last, we have reached that precious time to sit back, breathe, and focus on the most important thing of all: football. But just when you think you’ve seen and heard it all and the storm looks to have settled in, something hits the Barca universe with an even bigger shock: Lionel Messi’s release clause and his possible exit at the end of the season.

Messi is the only footballer in the world with the power to freely leave his club whenever he feels like it, just like the president of any country can freely decide at any given moment to send troops into battle. Messi has that kind of power and rightfully so after 15 years of magic, elevating the Catalan club to a different level of competitiveness.

The Argentinian captain signed his last renewal deal in 2017, where his release clause leaped from 250 to 700 million euros. And on that same contract, there was a small detail that was never brought to light, which allows the footballer to walk away from the club whenever he wants. This peculiar detail was never confirmed by the club until recently and it has people going into a frenzy with thoughts of Messi packing up his bags and leaving.

How can you believe the man that has it all, and is happiest at Camp Nou is willing to just get up and say goodbye? His commitment to Barca is remarkable and his past 15 years is just an example that proves his loyalty. Messi is not a clause, Messi is football and he bleeds Barcelona and the Blaugrana colors more than the badge itself.

If you need any more confirmation of the captain’s love for his beloved home, here are some of his words from last year. “I don’t need to change. I am at the best team in the world. I don’t need to change teams or leagues to set new goals. I am at home, at the best club in the world and there is no need to change.” Convincing enough? I think so

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