Barcelona have been dealt a major problem after Lionel Messi reportedly informed the club he wants to leave this summer.
Messi reportedly made up his mind to walk away from the club which he made his home for 15 years after talks with new boss Ronald Koeman.
Reports from tycsports.com indicate that the 33-year old Argentine maestro made his intentions to leave Barca known via a bureaufax message.
It is understood that the Barcelona legend is ready to activate a clause that would enable him to terminate his contract with the club.
But the club claims Messi had until June 10 to terminate the contract and that it is in the hands of the legal services at this point.
Messi had one of the most unforgiving seasons of his otherwise glittery career in 2019/2020, in a campaign which was summed up by a humiliating defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter final.
For fans who could never imagine Messi without the famous red and blue Catalan shirt, it is still not quite comprehensible that there is now a real prospect of Barca’s all-time goal scorer leaving the club.
Part of the conversation with new manager Koeman involved Messi being brutally honest and telling the manager he was ‘more in than out’ of the club as it stands.
Messi was then left frustrated and angry when he learnt that details of his crisis meeting with the new boss had leaked to the public.
Barcelona are looking to rebuild their team straight from the top of the hierarchy, with a number of big names already coming face to face with the axe.
Koeman also recently opened up on the Messi situation where he subtly hinted at wanting the Argentine to stay.
“I don’t know if I have to convince Messi [to stay], whether it’s that or not. He is the best player in the world and the best player in the world you want in your team, you don’t want him playing against you,” Koeman said.
A number of big Europe clubs are monitoring the Argentine’s situation with the hopes of signing him if indeed he leaves Barcelona.
Barcelona are already planning for life after Lionel Messi and reportedly set to make a move for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala this summer.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been constantly linked with a move away from Camp Nou after a series of altercations with the club’s board.
Manchester City and Inter Milan are said to be interested in the Argentine superstar if the La Liga side allow him to leave.