Lionel Messi’s mammoth $825 million release clause is void and he can leave Barcelona for free, his father claims

  • Lionel Messi's father, Jorge Messi, has publicly weighed in on the ongoing saga of his son's possible departure from Barcelona for the first time.
  • Jorge Messi claimed in a letter to Spanish football authorities that a €700 million (US$825 million) release clause in his son's contract is no longer valid and that he can leave for free.
  • This is in direct contradiction of La Liga's position, which is that unless Barcelona agrees to a transfer fee less than the release clause, he cannot leave the club.
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Lionel Messi's father, Jorge Messi, has publicly weighed in on the ongoing saga of his son's possible departure from Barcelona for the first time, claiming that a €700 million ($825 million) release clause in his contract is no longer valid and that he can leave the club for free.

In a letter sent to Javier Tebas, the head of La Liga, and published Friday, Jorge Messi — who acts as Lionel Messi's agent — rubbished claims made by the league that the only way the player can leave Spain this year is if another club meets the release clause.

La Liga said at the end of August that unless Barcelona agrees to a transfer fee less than the release clause, he cannot leave the club this year.

Jorge Messi said in the letter that this is no longer true as the clause has expired, casting further doubt on Messi's future, which is expected to be decided in the coming days.

You can see the letter in its entirety below, translated from the original Spanish by Insider:

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