08/28/2020 - 16:17
The news hit on Tuesday, when Lionel Messi's burofax arrived at the Camp Nou offices. But the decision had been considered and the player had communicated it to Josep Maria Bartomeu, the president of Barcelona, before the elimination of the Champions League and the historic 8-2 defeat with Bayern Munich.
The Spanish television signal Deportes Cuatro reported this Friday that "Messi told Bartomeu that he wanted to leave before the burofax but the club did not respond to the Argentine."
"The Argentine was clear that he was not convinced by the club's sports project and it was time to start a new stage outside the culé team. Before 2-8, Messi tried to communicate his decision to Barcelona but found no response from within the club , and for that reason he was forced to send a burofax with his intention to leave Barcelona, "they explained.
In addition, they remarked that "the Argentine would have liked another way of doing things, but no one at the club responded when he tried to contact him before the Champions League tie ."
A woman sells Messi merchandise around the Champions League. Photo: Reuters
This novelty helps to understand why Leo Messi considers that he can leave the club for free. "The player did not get an answer and no one from within the club contacted him afterwards, so he had no choice but to send a burofax to record that he was using the clause he had to in his contract to be able to leave for free at the end of the season, "they explain from Channel Four.
"That is the reason why Messi believes that he has the right to leave Barcelona without paying a transfer. The forward tried to communicate it before the end of the season but no one from the club gave him an answer. Messi was already clear about it and with the burofax the only thing he did was write down that he wanted to play for another team, "they added.
Likewise, as the season was extended due to the new coronavirus pandemic, "Messi thinks that Barcelona has a moral duty to let him leave without a transfer due to the clause he has in his contract, because the end of the season was delayed by UEFA and FIFA and could not benefit from the date of June 10. "
On the other hand, from the club they consider that he must respect his contract and the termination clause of 700 million euros. In this framework, the only way out would be to agree a price with a club, which could be Manchester City due to the player's desire.
If an agreement is not reached, since neither UEFA nor FIFA would pronounce themselves, in Deportes Cuatro they warn that ordinary justice should have the last word.