Practitioners live without him: Leo Messi is absent from the medical tests performed by Barcelona and will not even come to the opening of training today • The man who was the best star in its history moved to follow exactly the advice of his lawyers
Young fans are waiting for Messi outside the training complex. The flea did not arrive
It's inconceivable to write such a thing, but it's true: Barcelona will open their training session today (Monday) without Leo Messi. Anyone who still had doubts about Messi's desire to leave, received the sights yesterday like thunder on a clear day when the Argentine was absent from the corona tests ahead of his debut training session.
If there's a good picture of the end of an era in Barcelona, it's the picture. Currently reality says the club and the man who has scored and cooked the most in its history, have settled into a poker game that could end up in court over the question of whether he can leave without paying the contract clause. La Liga, the organizer of the Spanish league, sided with Barça and warned the management not to give his ticket without paying the release clause.
Maybe Dad will be able to calm down
Messi knows that his last three steps (not responding to the media after the 8-2 draw against Bayern, faxing his departure and not showing up for training) undermine the image of the "God" he has justifiably earned. The Argentine is now following what his lawyers advise him to do.
If he had arrived yesterday, the "flea" would have admitted that he still belongs to the club, making it harder for him to leave with the explanation that he is no longer bound by the contract.
Not wanting to be remembered as the president who lost Messi in his shift, Bartomeu insists he has a contract until next year, and if he wants to leave, he has to pay 700 million euros. This week Messi's father may fly to Barcelona perhaps to meet Bartomeu and try to ease the tension and end the relationship without the need for a legal or media war. Bartomeu will tell him that the new coach, Ronald Koeman, sees Messi as an essential element, but will mostly mention that he has a contract, although according to some reports in the contract it is written that in the last year Messi can leave freely.
City people are waiting on the sidelines. They will not get involved with the Barça men, and some of them still remember the experience four years ago when at the end of many contacts Messi decided to stay at the Camp Nou.
For the past six years Suarez and Messi have been training together in a car. Yesterday the Uruguayan arrived alone and is also apparently on his way out - to reunite with another star, Cristiano Ronaldo, at Juventus.