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Papers: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi mess continues

A look at the top headlines in Spain

Protester wearing a Messi t-shirt during the demonstration. Photo by Thiago Prudêncio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Lionel Messi’s bid to leave Barcelona continues to dominate the headlines in Spain with the saga showing no sign of coming to an end any time soon.

Sport sum it up nicely with a headline of ‘More of a mess!’ after an eventful weekend at the Camp Nou.

They report on how Messi didn’t turn up for PCR testing, will not show for pre-season training and will face action from Barcelona.

Sport also note how La Liga have sided with Barcelona regarding Messi’s release clause and bring word of a mega-offer from Premier League side Manchester City.

AS have a similar theme on their front page. ‘Barça return, the mess grows’ is the headline with a picture of Luis Suarez driving in for PCR testing and passing a young Messi fan.

They report on Messi boycotting the start of pre-season, La Liga’s statement on the Argentine’s release clause, and Suarez and other players returning to the club for PCR testing despite facing uncertain futures.

Marca’s headline is ‘What is the Price?’ with a picture of Messi. They also report on La Liga’s announcement that Messi’s €700 million release clause is still active.

Marca also report that Messi feels like he’s free of the club but is trying to reach a friendly exit with Barcelona.

Mundo Deportivo are also focused on Messi’s release clause and have a headline that reads: ‘700m: LaLiga agrees with Barça.’

A copy of La Liga’s statement is also on the front page with news that Messi missed PCR testing and will not be starting pre-season with the team on Monday.

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