Lionel Messi, 33, a Barcelona legend has finally submitted a request to leave the club.
According to Gerard Romero, confirmed the shocking development.
He tweeted: “Thank you President, for this historic disaster. What a shame.”
Former Skipper Carles Puyol also tweeted: “Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend.”
Rumors of Messi’s unhappiness have been swirling since Bayern Munich humiliated Barcelona 8-2 in the Champions League quarter-final on August 14, ending a season that saw the club fail to win any trophies.
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Also, the sacked of Barcelona head coach Quique Setien as well as technical manager Eric Abidal contribute to this request.
Barcelona subsequently hired Ronald Koeman to replace Setien, with the Dutchman expressing his desire to keep the Argentine star at Camp Nou.
After sitting down with Messi, however, it appears that Koeman was unable to convince his side’s talisman to become a part of his project.
Although, the Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, has previously insisted that Messi will end his career at Camp Nou as Bartomeu’s own future continues to be questioned. Messi has a clause in his contract, which allows him to leave for free.