Lionel Messi has decided to leave FC Barcelona this summer after 16 glittering years in the first team with the Spanish giants.
Marca and various news agencies have reported that the 33-year-old Argentine has sent a certified fax to Barcelona to inform them that he has triggered a clause in his contract that allows him to leave at the end of each season.
Spanish paper Marca reported that usually this clause would have to be activated by June 1st but Messi’s lawyers argue that the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic mean that he could trigger the clause now that the Champions League season is concluded.
Messi reportedly spoke with Ronald Koeman last Friday over dinner and informed Barcelona’s new head coach of his desire to leave the Nou Camp. Where on earth will the Argentine play his football if the unthinkable happens and he actually leaves?
✈️ Most likely destinations
Realistically, if Messi were to leave on a free transfer, only two European clubs would be able to afford his astronomical wages and those are Man City and PSG. ESPN’s sources have indicated to them that Pep Guardiola and Man City have already made contact with Messi’s entourage, but PSG have so far distanced themselves from making a move. A reunion with the old Barcelona boss would be an enticing prospect.