Lionel Messi has sent a fax to FC Barcelona telling the club he wants to cancel his contract, according to news first broken by Argentine outlet TyC Sports.
Messi wants to use a clause in his contract that allows him to leave at any point between seasons, although it is expected that there will be negotiations before he actually voids the contract. Why? It is reportedly because the option to leave expired on June 10th, which in normal times would be between seasons. However, due to the coronavirus break, the end of the season actually happened much later.
ÚLTIMO MOMENTO— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) August 25, 2020
Messi le comunicó al Barcelona que quiere abandonar el club. Se acogería a la cláusula de su contrato que le permite rescindir unilateralmente al final de cada temporada.https://t.co/N5V9ygBhle
He will not attend training nor will he attend Barcelona’s coronavirus tests from now on, and the decision is final, according to Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
Messi ya no acudirá a las pruebas este fin de semana ni a los entrenamientos . La decisión es definitiva— Alfredo Martínez (@Alfremartinezz) August 25, 2020
The news has been confirmed by Diario Olé (Argentina), and Cadena Ser (Spain). And, the club has confirmed receipt of the message according to Catalan radio.
❗️ El Barça confirma que ha rebut un burofax de Leo Messi demanant acollir-se a la clàusula del seu contracte per rescindir la seva vinculació del Barça. El club assegura que tenia fins al 10 de juny per rescindir el contracte i que queda en mans dels serveis jurídics. #frac1 pic.twitter.com/rhxGLCaxJy— El Barça juga a RAC1 (@FCBRAC1) August 25, 2020
The Barcelona board of directors has reportedly called an urgent meeting to discuss the matter.
Former teammate and longtime club captain, Carles Puyol, sent a message: “Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend.”
Respeto y admiración, Leo. Todo mi apoyo, amigo.— Carles Puyol (@Carles5puyol) August 25, 2020
There is no word on what kind of legal challenge or negotiation the club will take, or which team would be the most likely to secure the star’s services. Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and Inter Milan have been rumored names.