On Sunday night it was reported that Lionel Messi told Barcelona that he wants to leave this summer after their humiliating Champions League.

Barca-based Brazilian journalist Marcelo Bechler broke the news for Esporte Interativo that Messi was demanding an immediate exit after losing faith in the club’s plans in the wake of their 8-2 quarter-final thrashing by Bayern Munich on Friday evening.

The 33-year-old has one year left on what is widely expected to be the final contract of his legendary Barca career, a deal said to have a £635million buyout clause.

It has been reported that deal, signed in 2017, also included a clause that allowed him to leave for free at the end of every season but that expired at the end of May.

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