Lionel Messi shocked the soccer world when he left Barcelona earlier this summer time, becoming a member of Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal price a reported £25m-per-year
Lionel Messi tried to engineer his Barcelona exit a full year earlier than his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, a leaked fax reveals.
It was well-known that the Argentinian legend hoped to go away the Camp Nou in 2020, however for the primary time, his request has been made public.
Messi referred to as time on his two-decade stick with the Blaugrana earlier this summer time, with the LaLiga giants unable to supply him a brand new deal.
Barcelona had reportedly supplied the ahead a brand new two-year contract, however on account of monetary restrictions positioned upon them, they have been unable to ratify it.
That led to an emotional press convention the place Messi spoke of his love for the membership, often calling it his “home”.
But Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo have obtained a duplicate of the burofax Messi’s representatives despatched to Barcelona in August 2020, expressing his need to terminate his contract with the membership.
The fax reads: “By means of the present, and in accordance with the provisions of clause 3.1. of the contract of November 25, 2017, I express to you my willingness to terminate my employment contract as a professional footballer with an effective date of August 30, 2020.
It added that the contract he signed in 2017 came with a clause that would enable him to leave before June 10, 2020 without any “prior communication to the club”.
Messi missed that date as a result of coronavirus pandemic extending the 2019/20 season into August.
The fax is dated August 30, the date of the Champions League last between Bayern Munich and PSG, of which he hoped to be concerned in.
“The aforementioned clause must be interpreted in accordance with the exceptional circumstances in which the 2019-2020 football competition season has taken place, due to the State of Alarm and the force majeure situation derived from the Covid-19 pandemic,” the letter continues.
“Due to this exception, the 2019-2020 competition season ended yesterday, without prejudice to that for our team, this completion would take place on August 15, when we returned to Barcelona after our elimination from the Champions League on the night of August 14.”
Messi hoped to seal his exit shortly after sending the letter, with his message concluding: “In any case, within 10 days after the end of the competition,
!I exercise my right to terminate the contract with effect date August 30 2020, with the consequences provided in the aforementioned provision 3.1.
“Yours sincerely, Lionel Andrés Messi.”
Barcelona managed to barter a year extension regardless of Messi’s categorical need to go away, though he would ultimately seal his exit on the finish of the 2020/21 marketing campaign.