Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has told his club Barcelona that he wants to quit the club, a day after he met with new manager Ronald Koeman.
Messi faxed his club that he was ready to quit the club, sparking a flurry of protests from fans who jammed Nou Camp to offer support for the under fire talisman who was left frustrated after the 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich.
He told his club bosses that he is ready to activate a controversial clause in his contract which will allow him leave on a free transfer.
However, Barcelona argues that the clause expired on June 10 and club lawyers are expected to contest the move.
Messi, through his lawyers want the club to show him a sign of good faith after football was rescheduled due to covid-19 pandemic.
The newest development comes on the backdrop of Barcelona finishing the season without winning a trophy in 12 years, throwing the club into a crisis.
During his stay at the club he joined at 13 years, he helped Barcelona to win 10 La Liga titles and four Champion League medals.
Messi won Ballon d’Or a record six times, becoming the clubs all-time top scorer.
Last week after his appointment, new manager Ronald Koeman expressed his interest for Messi to still stay
with the club.
“I don’t know if I have to convince Messi (to stay). Of course he is the best player in the world and you want the best player in the world in your team – you don’t want him playing against you.” Koeman said.
He further added: “For me as a coach, I would love to work with Messi because he wins matches. If he is at the ability and the level he has always shown, I would be more than happy for him to stay.”
Reacting to his announcement, former Barcelona captain in a tweet said: “Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend.”
Clubs interest in signing the world class player include Manchester City, Manchester Uniter, PSG and Inter Milan.