Soccer Star Lionel Messi Wants to Leave Barcelona This Summer

Lionel Messi is ready to go.

The 33-year-old soccer player told Barcelona that he wants to leave the club this summer, ESPN reported on Tuesday (August 25).

The club then confirmed to ESPN Deportes’ Jordi Blanco on the same day that they were “notified by Messi of his decision via burofax, a service used in Spain to urgently dispatch a document that requires proof to third parties. The club responded to Messi via the same service saying they want him to stay and finish his career at the club.”

He currently has a contract until 2021, but has “grown disappointed with events on and off the pitch at Camp Nou in recent months. Reports from Argentina claim Messi believes a clause in the contract should oblige Barcelona to let him leave for free. However, as reported by ESPN earlier this year, the club maintain that particular clause expired at the start of the summer.”

It’s not yet known which clubs would be in contention, as he is the best-paid player in the world. Having lost last week during the Champions League semifinals, he is now prepared to embark on a new challenge following his first trophy-less season since 2007.

The soccer star recently flaunted some serious PDA with his wife at sea in Ibiza…

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