After almost two decades with the Spanish Giants, Lionel Messi told Barcelona that he wants to leave the club.
On Tuesday the club announced the Argentinean 's desire for the termination clause to end their deal – now until next June – and for him to leave this summer for free. This letter was sent out by the club to express its desire.
The clause is still active, Barcelona does not consent. It is confirmed that the final day of the champions' league on 30 May expired 10 to 10 June.
The lawyers of Messi, however, claim that the agreement is still in place in the spirit of the contract and good faith despite the rescheduled end on 23 August, which has been delayed because of the pandemic.
Captain Lionel Messi told Barcelona he wanted to leave the club immediately, escalating the chaos within the Catalan side less than two weeks after their humiliating 8-2 defeat of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The loss ended Barcelona's toughest season-the first without trophy since 2007-08-and set off one of its worst crisis.
At Barcelona, Messi received the unprecedented six Ballon d'Or Awards and helped the team win 10 La Liga trophies and four Champions Leagues.
Former Captain of Barcelona Carles Puyol responded by tweeting to Messi 's news that "Leo. All my support, friend." He said "Respect and admiration.
Messi's request to leave Barca comes the day after the Spanish media reported that new coach Ronald Koeman told Messi's close friend and strike partner Luis Suarez that he did not want the Uruguayan to stay at the club.
Other reports said that Chilean mediator Arturo Vidal, Croatian mediator Ivan Rakitic and French defender Samuel Umtiti were also told that they were no longer wanted.
Barca is in the midst of reshuffling their squad after the Bavarian defeat, which has condemned the club to a trophy-free season for the first time in 12 years.
In February,He lashed out at the then-sporting director, Eric Abidal, and a few months later, turned his anger at the club hierarchy about how players were forced to pay off to cope with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
After Barca surrendered the title of La Liga to Real Madrid in July, Messi slammed the team as "weak" and "vulnerable" during an uncharacteristically fiery post-match interview.
Koeman stated: "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.
"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.
"He's still got a contract and he is still a Barcelona player. There are some older players in the team and we need to make some decisions but in Messi's case, I hope that he stays with us."