Lionel Messi has told Barcelona via a fax-document that he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants in Barcelona.
Following the breaking news, FC Barcelona confirmed on Tuesday the Argentine sent a document expressing his desire to activate a release clause that would end his contract, and let him leave for free this summer.
As ever, the reaction on social media after the Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona news broke out was instant. Let’s have a look:
Former Barça captain Carles Puyol offered his backing to his former team-mate and Barça forward Luis Suarez replied with a clapping emoji:
— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) August 25, 2020
President of Catalunya thanked Messi for his services:
Catalunya serà sempre casa teva. Moltes gràcies per tots aquest temps de felicitat i d’un futbol extraordinari. Hem tingut la sort de compartir uns anys de les nostres vides amb el millor jugador del món. I un noble esportista No t’oblidarem mai. Leo Messi, Creu de Sant Jordi. pic.twitter.com/Ojev577MoE
— Quim Torra i Pla (@QuimTorraiPla) August 25, 2020
What would be Messi’s next destination?
So what next after Messi leaving Barcelona? Could Messi – a four-time Champions League winner – move to the Premier League? He has been linked with Manchester City for a while.
On regard, Former English striker Peter Crouch would love to see him in EPL:
If Messi comes to the prem and the stadiums are empty it will be a travesty 😩
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) August 25, 2020
Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, suggested Chelsea might move for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner:
Just heard Frank Lampard is now in for #messi
Some window this if Lamps pulls this off !!
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) August 25, 2020
Messi to United:
Messi to United anyone?? 👀 pic.twitter.com/DOUQ23eJGo
— Alex Hamill (@Alex_hamill10) August 25, 2020
It is not over just with EPL, clubs from Italy want Messi too:
— Sampdoria English 😷 (@sampdoria_en) August 25, 2020
— Sergio Scariolo (@sergioscariolo) August 25, 2020
What Messi really needs is a new challenge to enjoy his career, a whole new environment from the very start.
League One Burton almost let the cat out of the bag after the Messi leaving Barcelona news… As too they want Messi:
— Burton Albion FC (@burtonalbionfc) August 25, 2020
It’s time for a change of sport?
Wonder if Messi has ever thought of trying out baseball 🤔 pic.twitter.com/zJqOQOYUlf
— Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) August 25, 2020
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) August 25, 2020
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) August 25, 2020
Things getting Messi after Messi leaving Barcelona news:
Things are about to get very Messi
— Twitter Sports (@TwitterSports) August 25, 2020
Honda Factory Team in the race too:
— Repsol Honda Team (@HRC_MotoGP) August 25, 2020
Can Leo Messi play cricket? Pakistan Super League team Peshawar Zalmi would love to have Messi onboard.
— PeshawarZalmi (@PeshawarZalmi) August 26, 2020
Where would Messi take his talents?
We will see it in the coming days.