Lionel Messi Cancels Renewal Of Barca Contract, Sets Date To Quit Club

Messi Cancel Renewal Of Barca Contract

Lionel Messi has called off his negotiations over renewing his contract with Barcelona and is ready to leave the Catalans when his current deal expires in 2021.

According to a report by Spanish radio station Cadena Ser on Friday, Messi and his father Jorge had begun discussing renewing his last deal with the club, which was signed in 2017, but that he no longer wishes to stay at the Camp Nou.

The report added that the Barcelona captain is angry about leaked media reports that appeared to make him seem responsible for events at the club, such as the January sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde, and that he is frustrated about the squad’s lack of quality.

Messi’s representatives and Barcelona did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Previously known for his shy personality off the pitch, the Argentine has become more vocal in his criticism of the club in the last year.

In January he hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal, who he said had implied players had led to Valverde being sacked.

And in February, he declared the team were not good enough to win this season’s Champions League in an interview with newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

Then in April he criticised the board for implying players were not willing to accept a pay-cut to help the team’s financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic.

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