Spanish football club Barcelona’s player Lionel Messi has conveyed his wish to the Barcelona board that he no longer wants to play for the club.
The 33-year-old has reportedly sent a burofax to the club, asking them to allow him to activate a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave on a free transfer this summer. A burofax is a service used in Spain to urgently dispatch a document through a certified email, which issues a digital certificate with legal validity.
Messi’s camp believes that a clause in his contract means he can walk away for no fee. Barcelona, by contrast, insists that he is still bound by a €700m (£629m) buy-out clause.
The current Messi’s contract expires in 2021, and if Messi wants to leave Barcelona without the club’s consent, the opposite club must pay his release clause of 700 million euros.
Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards during his time at Barcelona and has helped Barca win 10 Spanish league titles and four Champions League crowns.
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