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Lionel Messi set to stay at Barcelona as exit clause expires - report

The club captain is no longer allowed to leave for free this summer and will continue playing for Barça

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Barcelona fans no longer need to be afraid of losing Lionel Messi for free this summer as the exit clause in his contract has expired, according to a report from ESPN. The report says Messi had until May 30 to exercise the clause, but the captain has decided to stay for at least one more season.

Messi’s free exit clause was first reported by El País late last year and was since confirmed by Gerard Piqué, and every big team in Europe — as well as Messi’s boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina — was monitoring the situation to figure out of the greatest of all time was considering leaving the only team he’s ever played for.

But we can all breathe a sigh of relief now. Messi is ready to come back in two weeks to win another La Liga title and then try and win his fifth Champions League trophy, and then he’s going to play another season for Barça. Life makes sense again.

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