Rumours have been making rounds that Lionel Messi is at liberty of leaving Laliga champions, FC Barcelona whenever he deems it fit.
Spanish media outlet, El Pais uncovered a section of Lionel Messi’s contract with Barcelona which gives the five-times Balon D’or winner to walk out of the club when he deems it fit.
This revelation has been further confirmed by President of the Blaugrana side, Josep Maria Bartomeu. With quotes from SPORT, Bartomeu admitted that it is indeed true.
“Messi has a contract that we signed two years ago and it runs for four years. Before the last season, 2020-21, he can leave Barcelona, retire from football or play where he likes.
Iniesta, Xavi and Puyol also had those clauses. For those players and Leo Messi, we don’t need to worry. I doubt he’d want to play for another club, but he has earned liberty over his future. He’s a big Barca fan and I have no doubt he’ll want to continue until 2021 and we hope another year too.
The President expressed optimism that the Argentine won’t leave the club, but in football, everyone knows that situations can change at anytime.