Lionel Messi fax to Barcelona ‘leaked’ after star tells club he wants out

Lionel Messi’s fax to Barcelona has been “leaked” as the star has told the club he wants to leave.

The Argentine has said he does not want to stay at the La Liga giants for a 17th season, having failed to win a Champions League trophy for the fifth consecutive year.

He used a fax to break the news to the Nou Camp side last week.

And Instagram fan channel barca.theory has shared an image that appeared to be the document Messi sent to the Nou Camp that has been translated.

It reads: ”By means of this letter, I, Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini, with a white ID [blank], request that the employment benefit contract that I currently occupy in your distinguished club be terminated, based on clause number 24 that allows me to have this power.

"I appreciate all the opportunities for personal growth and professional preparation that were offered to me during the time I worked.

"Learnings that allowed me to consolidate my technical and human profile, but for personal reasons this [blank] difficult decision was made to me, which I hope will be made in the best way by the management of this club."

The clause is understood to have a June expiry date – but Messi is expected to argue it will still be eligible as Covid-19 extended the season.

Messi’s fax is a special form of Spanish communication called a burofax, which allows people to send secure documents that will be recognised in court or by a third party.

The 33-year-old would therefore have decided to send the document because it’s a very secure form of business communication, which could come in handy amid a potential legal dispute with Barca.

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Barcelona’s captain has a year left on his current contract – but that deal includes a clause that would allow him to leave at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

It has seen a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City emerge as the most likely option, according to the latest odds.

And Daily Star Sport has taken a look at how the Argentine would fit into the line-up at the Etihad Stadium.

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