Barcelona fans did not expect Lionel Messi to express his idea of leaving the club. A group arrived at the offices of the Catalan institution asking the Argentine to stay and demanded that President Josep María Bartomeu resigns.
Also, partners and fans called for a massive demonstration on Wednesday at the Camp Nou in support of “la Pulga”.
The 33-year-old from Rosario sent a document (burofax) to the club’s offices to activate the exit clause of his contract that expires in the middle of next year, an official “blaugrana” source confirmed to Télam.
That news triggered an emergency meeting by the Barcelona Board of Directors to determine the steps to follow and outline a possible judicial strategy to try to retain him.
Immediately, about twenty fans “culé” called themselves in the vicinity of the stadium to express their dissatisfaction with the leadership; while for Wednesday a resounding demonstration is expected to twist the will of the greatest idol of Barcelona.
In the last renewal of his contract, signed in 2017, the Argentine demanded an amendment that would allow him to leave the club at the end of each season and now he intends to shoot her to achieve his freedom.
But that clause sets the execution deadline on May 31, the date established as the end of the 2019/2020 season, although the forward understands that he can demand it because the last campaign had to be extended beyond that date due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Messi, 33, made a final decision about his future, which will be out of a club immersed in a severe crisis after the elimination in the Champions League at the hands of Bayer Munich (8-2), which was the worst defeat in the history of European competitions.