Will Barcelona’s Argentine icon depart his longtime club?
Lionel Messi has reportedly called off his contract renewal talks with Barcelona and would like to leave the club when his deal ends in June 2021, according to Spanish radio network Cadena Ser.
Barcelona’s captain is said to be fed up with the issues surrounding the club. ESPN’s Moises Llorens reported that Messi is upset with the team’s front office over leaked reports that made him look responsible for certain events, such as manager Ernesto Valverde’s firing in January. He has also been said to have had conflicts with current manager Quique Setien, who denied such a rift was true.
Cadena Ser reports the initial contract renewal talks with Messi, his father, Jorge, and Barca appeared to be going well. However, Messi’s side no longer wishes to proceed with the negotiations.
Messi had the option to leave the Catalans last month but he opted not to activate