Lionel Messi ‘impatient’ to get started with new chapter at Paris St Germain
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Lionel Messi rocked the football world last summer when he sent a burofax outlining his intention to leave Barcelona, having spent his entire career with the La Liga giants. Now, weeks after he left the Nou Camp to join Paris Saint-Germain, the document has been leaked.
In the fax, dated August 24 last year, Messi expressed his desire to terminate his contract with Barca, pointing to a clause that would enable him to leave before June 10, 2020 without any “prior communication to the club”.
The Argentine superstar referred to a “force majeure situation” in his fax, having missed that June deadline due to the season being extended amid the coronavirus pandemic.
At the time, speculation linked Messi with a move to Manchester City, where he would have been reunited with his former Barca boss Pep Guardiola.
But he ended up staying at the Nou Camp for another season – before joining PSG after his Barca contract expired, with the Catalan club having been unable to offer him a new deal.
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Now Messi’s original request to leave Barcelona has emerged, after Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo obtained a copy of the burofax Messi’s representatives sent to then president Josep Maria Bartomeu last August.
The fax reads: “By means of the present, and in accordance with the provisions of clause 3.1. of the contract of November 25, 2017, I express to you my willingness to terminate my employment contract as a professional footballer with an effective date of August 30, 2020.”
It added that the contract he signed in 2017 came with a clause that would enable him to leave before June 10, 2020 without any “prior communication to the club carried out before June 10, 2020, without any rights for FC Barcelona.
“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 Alarm and the force majeure situation derived from the Covid-19 pandemic,” the document continues.
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“Due to this exception, the 2019-2020 competition season ended yesterday, without prejudice to that for our team, this completion would take place on August 15, when we returned to Barcelona after our elimination from the Champions League on the night of August 14.
“In any case, within 10 days after the end of the competition season, and comlying with thus, the agreed term to exercise clause 3.1., in accordance with the material content of our agreement, which must be interpreted in accordance with the exceptional cicrucmstances of the 2019-20 season, I exercise my right to terminate the contract with effect date August 30 2020, with the consequences provided in the aforementioned provision 3.1.
“Yours sincerely, Lionel Andrés Messi.”
Messi remained at the Nou Camp, and Barcelona reportedly offered Messi a new two-year contract this summer.
However, due to financial restrictions placed upon them, they were unable to ratify it.
That led to Messi’s exit, with the 34-year-old speaking of his love for the club in an emotional press conference.
He joined PSG on a two-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.
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