The rumblings around Barcelona have continued to linger regarding Lionel Messi‘s unhappiness with the situation. That has ramped up another notch with the club’s shortcomings in the 2020 UEFA Champions League following a lopsided loss to FC Bayern Munich. It has reached the point where Messi has made his intentions finally known that he wants to leave Barcelona.
Lionel Messi remains unhappy with Barcelona
Over the last few years, there has remained whispers around Lionel Messi’s unhappiness with Barcelona.
Messi continues to perform at a high level, but the rumblings about his disgruntlement continue to grow louder. Club management hasn’t moved in the direction that he hoped to see as they have fallen short yet again. Barcelona failed to capture their third straight La Liga title with Real Madrid earning that honor for the 2019-20 season.
There is speculation around the reason for his unhappiness, as many have tossed out theories. Barcelona presidential hopeful Agusti Benedito claims Messi hasn’t been happy since the club elected to sanction the sale of Neymar.
Whatever the case may be, it’s clear that the 33-year-old finally hit his breaking point with the situation.
Lionel Messi faxed Barcelona that he wants to leave
Lionel Messi has been Barcelona’s driving force for much of his professional career and has led the club to plenty of success. However, things have reached a point where the team has plateaued with their current group of talent.
Barcelona depends significantly on Messi’s performance to guide them forward while management hasn’t been keen on revamping the roster to help them stay on top. With that in mind, the six-time Ballon d’Or award-winner has reportedly sent a fax to Barcelona to indicate that he wants to leave the team on a free transfer, according to Mail Online.
Lionel Messi has communicated to Barcelona via fax that he wants to leave the club on a free transfer this summer.
There is a belief that the club will contest his argument that the deadline changed because the season had to restart due to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the feeling around Messi is that he believes the clause in his contract is valid because the season ended in August and not May.
There is potential conflict that will lie ahead coupled with it being hard to shade away from the discontent he has with Barcelona.
Will it actually happen?
Lionel Messi has spent his entire soccer career with Barcelona, where he has become arguably the greatest player in the sports’ history.
However, the situation looks to be out of his hands for the time being. Barcelona decided to move in a new direction with the hiring of former Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman, a former member of Barcelona during his playing career. There is a mixed bag of reactions to the hiring, as some believe it was the right move. Meanwhile, others see things staying the same course for the club.
If Messi gets his request, it’s believed that Manchester City would be the frontrunners to land him. The club has former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, who coached the team during much of their peak years of success. Manchester City also has the financial freedom to spend whatever is necessary to sign Messi.
In other words, the pieces are there for the club to make a strong run to acquire him.There is still much that needs to unfold first, but it’s become quite evident that Barcelona has a huge problem on their hands with their star forward.