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Lionel Messi stops contract talks, plans to leave Barcelona in 2021 - report

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Well here’s a bombshell

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Lionel Messi has reportedly called off contract renewal talks with Barcelona and is planning to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of next season.

According to Cadena SER, the captain is angry and frustrated at the club and has not intention currently of continuing past 2021.

ESPN say “sources have confirmed” that Messi has been angered by reports that have been leaked to the media suggesting he’s responsible for problems at the club.

He hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal earlier in the season after the Frenchman appeared to blame the players for Ernesto Valverde’s sacking.

Messi is also said to be “frustrated about the squad’s lack of quality” and has apparently already told some of his team-mates about his decision.