Argentine and Barcelona world best player Lionel Messi has gotten a nod from past and present players who publicly back his decision to leave the club.
Messi had earlier informed the Barcelona board that he wishes to leave the club immediately.
Barcelona players past and present have publicly backed Lionel Messi’s decision to leave the club.
Messi, arguably the greatest player in the sport’s history, formally informed the Spanish club on Tuesday afternoon that he wants to activate a clause in his previous contract whereby he can leave the club for free.
His decision has thrown Barcelona into chaos on and off the field after a disastrous trophyless season that saw two managers sacked and the club’s humiliated in the Champions League by Bayern Munich by 8 – 2 defeat.
Following the news, former Barcelona, Spanish captain and teammate, Carles Puyol tweeted: “Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend.
Uruguian Striker Luis Suarez, who was reportedly told by the club’s new head coach, Ronald Koeman, that his contract would be terminated, responded to Puyol’s tweet with two hand-clapping emojis.
Meanwhile, midfielder Arturo Vidal, who has also allegedly been told he has no future at the club, tweeted: ”When you corner a tiger he does not give up, he fights!”
Messi, 33, has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, scoring over 600 goal, winning ten league titles, four Champions Leagues, and six Ballon d’Ors.
His decision is likely to incite a legal battle between the two parties, with Barcelona insisting the aforementioned clause expired in June, leaving Messi with a €700m release clause
This has thrown millions of football fans into interesting debate that saw different interpretation to the decision.
Some fans have gathered in front of Camp Nou in solidarity with the little man maestro Messi.
We wait for the full details of the information.