Messi made the gesture as a last-ditch attempt to force President Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign and that it worked, according to TyC reports in Argentina.
Messi has sent a fax requesting a transfer, activating a clause in his contract which allows him to leave as a free agent, confirms various reports.
While Inter, Manchester City, Juventus, Milan, PSG, and more, are interested in the likes of the player, La Pulga may well not be going anywhere.
With protests outside of Camp Nou calling for his head this evening, and the club’s emergency board meeting, this play may well have paid off.
Bartomeu is recommended either quit or the board has demanded his resignation, sparking early elections.
This could also put in the spotlight, the role of new coach Ronald Koeman as a new president might be looking for another tactician.