Argentine striker Lionel Messi, unfortunately, had to leave Barcelona last month over his will, however, last year he had announced to quit the club but agreed to another season which ended in June 2021. He later made a football transfer to Paris Saint-Germain on a two years contract after leaving Barca as the club was in a dire financial situation. In the latest football news, Mundo Deportivo has revealed Lionel Messi’s burofax which he sent to former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu last year in an attempt to engineer a move away from Camp Nou.
“I hereby, in accordance with the provisions of clause 3.1. of the contract dated 25 November 2017, declare my wish to terminate my professional football contract expiring on 30 August 2020” – was the beginning of Lionel Messi’s burofax.
The above-mentioned clause 3.1. of Leo’s last contract is the one that said its duration was from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2021 but added that the player could leave, without just cause, at the end of the 2019-20 season “with prior communication to the club made before 10 June 2020, without entitlement for FC Barcelona to refuse”.
It turns out that Messi did take advantage of the clause that was written into his contract, but breached the deadline by being 2.5 months late. “I understand that the time frame of the right of termination without cause regulated by the aforementioned clause must be interpreted in accordance with the exceptional circumstances in which the 2019-2020 football competition season has taken place, due to the State of Emergency and the situation of force majeure resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic”.
Therefore, Messi insisted that the deadline had not yet passed, given “the exceptional nature of the 2019/20 season, which ended only yesterday, and the unwillingness to harm Barcelona, who ended their season on 14 August with relegation from the Champions League and returned to Catalonia on 15 August”.
Leo thought 23 August was the end date for the season, as the Champions League final took place on that day. “I am exercising my right to terminate the contract. I wish to do so on 30 August 2020. All consequences will be as set out in the above-mentioned contact clause 3.1. Your Lionel Messi”, concludes the text of the burofax.