Alright everyone, this might not be a drill.
According to reports from multiple journalists in Spain and Argentina, Lionel Messi sent a fax (!) to Barcelona on Tuesday informing the club that he intends to terminate his contract and leave this offseason. The club then confirmed they had received the fax.
This is just a request, and it’s unclear if Messi even will legally be allowed to opt out of his contract, but this has moved beyond the typical rumor fill fodder, and the soccer world is going nuts.
Quickly: As to whether or not Messi can actually opt out of his contract, it’s complicated. According to multiple reports, Messi had an option in his contract to opt out at the end of this season … which would normally have been in June, which was the original deadline to opt out. Coronavirus put a hold on this year’s season, however, including Champions League, so the Barcelona season didn’t end until August.
This is where things will get sticky if Messi does in fact push to opt out of his contract. Messi and his team will argue that he could opt out at the end of the season, which this year was in August. Barcelona could try to make the argument that he needed to express his intention to opt out in June, the original deadline.
Regardless, if the greatest player of all time is indeed heading to a new club, this will be absolutely bananas.
Watch the soccer world react to the reports:
— What’s your spaghetti policy here? (@itsViraj07) August 25, 2020
Manchester City officials trying to work out the numbers to see if they can afford Messi pic.twitter.com/1OdZ4aXSRk
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) August 25, 2020
Lionel Messi leaving Barca means only one thing…..
…. Welcome to Stoke City 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/r3t0nhbbsQ
— ManBall (@man_ball7) August 25, 2020
Just bumped into Lionel Messi…Can’t say anything else…😉🤐🔴⚪🔵 pic.twitter.com/6kKEaLGDDx
— Steven Souness (@StevenSouness) August 25, 2020
*Messi tells Barcelona he wants to leave
Pep Guardiola on his way to meet Sheikh Mansour pic.twitter.com/PqqxHdOFJy
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— Jhocee Ire💓 (@jossy_real546) August 25, 2020
Pep Guardiola crafting his “Im Here For You If You Want To Talk” text to Messi pic.twitter.com/vDQMHUi5CV
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) August 25, 2020
Messi went back to training and saw Vidal warming up and said he had enough
— Zito (@_Zeets) August 25, 2020
we take you live to lionel messi at barcelona pic.twitter.com/H1q0QZ8S7V
— Graham MacAree (@MacAree) August 25, 2020
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