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Barcelona rumors: Lionel Messi can leave for free at the end of every season

The captain has a special clause in his contract.

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Lionel Messi’s future hit the headlines on Thursday after El Pais reported that the Barcelona captain has a clause in his contract that allows him to walk away from the club for free.

The report claims that Messi can choose to terminate his contract at the end of every season on 30 June and walk away from the Camp Nou.

The clause was inserted into his latest contract that he signed in 2017 and that runs until 2021. Messi said at the time he signed the deal he wanted to finish his career at Barcelona.

There’s no suggestion in the report that Messi is contemplating leaving Barcelona any time soon, but it is certainly an interesting insight if it proves to be true.

Of course Messi has also said that he’d like to play back in Argentina at Newell’s Old Boys before he finally decides to hang up his boots.

And Cadena SER’s Carrusel have a bit more info on this report. They reckon that Messi can only use this clause to leave for a club outside of Europe.

Meanwhile, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has already spoken about renewing Messi’s contract yet again.

He said back in April that he was planning to sit down with Messi and talk extensions over the coming months.

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