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Spain football expert Graham Hunter says Lionel Messi ‘did the right thing’ by telling Barcelona he wanted to leave the club

Spain football expert Graham Hunter says Lionel Messi ‘did the right thing’ by telling Barcelona he wanted to leave the club

Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he is keen to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants.

The club confirmed at Associated press Tuesday that the Argentine sent a document expressing his desire to leave.

The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, one of the worst defeats in the player’s career and in club history.

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Spanish football journalist Alvaro Montero believes Manchester City will be the best option for Messi

Spanish football journalist Alvaro Montero believes Manchester City will be the best option for Messi

The defeat capped a difficult season for Barcelona – the first without a trophy since 2007-08 – and sparked one of their worst crises.

Messi won a record six Ballon d’Or during his time in Barcelona as the world’s best player and helped the club win 10 Spanish league titles and four Champions Leagues.

Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol reacted to the news Messi wanted to leave by tweeting: “Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend. ”

Barcelona’s new head coach Ronald Koeman last week said he wanted Messi to stay at the club.

Koeman said: “I don’t know if I have to convince Messi (to stay). Of course, he’s the best player in the world and you want the best player in the world on your team – you don’t want him playing against you.

“For me as a coach, I would love to work with Messi because he wins games. If he’s at the level and level he’s always shown, I’d be more than happy if he stayed.

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Spanish football journalist Alvaro Montero said Lionel Messi disagreed with plans for new Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman after asking to leave the club

Spanish football journalist Alvaro Montero said Lionel Messi disagreed with plans for new Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman after asking to leave the club

“He still has a contract and he is still a Barcelona player. There are older players in the squad and we have to make decisions but in Messi’s case, I hope he stays with us. “

Analysis: Could Messi leave for free?

Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth a dit au Transfer Show:

“The point is that he has a release clause in his 700 million euro contract, so whether or not he wants to leave, who can afford 700 million euros?”

“However, there is a clause in that contract that says Messi can leave for free at the end of each season, if he decides he wants to leave Barcelona then you would think Messi is available with no money at all. ”

“However, there is a bit of confusion with this one because Messi will say the season ended late and according to the contract the season ends and I can leave for free.

“But Barcelona will say that it is an exceptional circumstance that the season has been extended and they will refer to when the season would have ended before, which would have been in May or early June.

“They will say that is when the clause expires, so the £ 700million release clause will become active again.

“Until they sort that out Messi can say I want to leave Barcelona, ​​he can express his desire to leave but, until this release clause issue is sorted out and he can actually leave for free, you have to ask yourself who can actually pay. 700 million euros to buy Messi? ”

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Sky Sports News’s Kaveh Solhekol believes Lionel Messi’s departure to Barcelona will end in a courtroom

Sky Sports News’s Kaveh Solhekol believes Lionel Messi’s departure to Barcelona will end in a courtroom

“The meeting did not go well for Messi”

Spanish soccer expert Alvaro Montero told Sky Sports News that the seeds for Messi’s decision were sown when he met new boss Ronald Koeman last week:

“The bottom line is that last Friday’s meeting with Ronald Koeman was not as good as expected for a football club like Barcelona.

“The meeting with Koeman did not go well, in Messi’s opinion.

“Koeman told him he did not count, for example, with players like Arturo Vidal or Luis Suarez. And Messi didn’t like it.

“The way Koeman treats him in the media and the way he expressed the way he wants to work at Barcelona, ​​was not liked by Messi, so I think that was the situation. “

New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman (right) spoke to Messi last week

New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman (right) spoke to Messi last week

Analysis: where could Messi go next?

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol a dit au Transfer Show:

“The whole situation is almost a war between Messi and the Barcelona board. He fell out with them, he wants to leave the club, he is not happy with the direction in which the club has been led.

“The important thing is – will he succeed? Will he be able to force his exit from Barcelona? This is the first obstacle he must overcome. The second hurdle is whether he can find a club that can afford to pay him. ?

“When you think about it, how many clubs are there in the world that can afford to pay Messi the kind of money he’s in?

“In the current economic climate, I can’t see another club in the world that can afford to match the money they have at Barcelona.

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Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol examines which club Lionel Messi could join next

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol examines which club Lionel Messi could join next

“But – who could afford it?”

“Yesterday Man City President Khaldoon Al Mubarak agreed that normally they recruit players between the ages of 20 and 25, but they were willing to make an exception this summer to buy someone a little more experienced .

“Messi is 33, does that mean Man City want to sign him?”

“PSG could also afford to sign him. They have Kylian Mbappe, they have Neymar – and spent £ 200million to get him out of Barcelona – would they want Messi too?

“When you look at his situation I don’t think it’s over and dusted that he’s going to leave Barcelona just because he sent a letter saying he wanted to. That doesn’t mean the board will let him go.

“The second problem then is where is he going to go.

“Under normal circumstances that would be difficult, but in the current economic climate, it is almost impossible to determine who could sign him. “

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