Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he wants to leave and no transfer fee will be required

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It felt like the only way Lionel Messi would leave Barcelona would be as a champion, before returning to Argentina to play for a season or two at the end of his career.

Admittedly he is 33 years old so he might not have a lot of time left, but he’s also still playing at an incredible level and would be a great signing for any team in football.

Barca are at a true crossroads with an ageing team and a new manager, so you can understand it if he’s had enough and wants to go somewhere that offers him an immediate chance of silverware.

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You can also argue that rebuilding Barcelona could be a five year plan due to the age of the squad, the lack of money to buy new players and a scarcity of youngsters who are good enough to step up.

Messi doesn’t have five years left to wait for things to turn around, and the latest report from Spain has suggested that he will be off:

Not only has he told them that he wants to leave, but that report confirms that he has a clause that allows him to terminate his contract, so he’ll be able to leave without a transfer fee too.

There’s still a financial problem for any new team in that his wages will be astronomical, so there are only a few teams in the world that he can sign for.

It’s important to wait for the player or the club to announce this officially, but all signs are pointing towards an exit.

It’s interesting that there’s a cross-sport parallel with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and they saw a similar situation earlier this year. He was one of the best players of all time and was completely synonymous with the team.

There was no way that anyone though Brady would ever leave, but after a disappointing season he looked at the ageing squad and decided he wanted to try something new, and it looks like Messi is doing something similar.

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  1. To leave for free, Messi should have announced his departure until May 31 2020! The clause has expired on this date!

  2. Messi ans Suarez have to leave. Their Barcelona career has come to an end. But, it is important to make sure that all of their amigos, Pique, Alba, and Busquets leave too. Barcelona need to generate some good amount of cash, so they can buy new players.

  3. If our Legend Leo wants to leave, Let him go. But, I wanna let the Board of FCB know that Majority of our Historic Players or Legends who got BARCELONA to where they are today came from the Academy… So, Let the Board Revisit the Academy, Bring out the young talents who already knows and understands the tactics and Barcelona style of play and them the chance to prove themselves instead, of buying big Names who are hard to adapt Barca style of play.

  4. Thanks for that information.I dont mind if Messi leaves because Barca fans as well as the club have been worshiping him as an idol.It is very clear that he is not at his perfect level at this time,aging and diminishing.I dont think he will not contribute even if he stays. He has done enough for the club.The Barcelona team was built so far around him which is wrong. Barca can buy young and excellent players that can replace him.But the most important thing and concern is Barca should get the 700 m.euros.He should not go for free at all.The Barca management should fight for that.

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