The Argentine dropped a bomb declaration on Barça on August 25, telling the Blaugrana that he wanted to give up his contract and leave the club almost 20 years later – with a decision coming just days after a humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich.
Messi will ruin his image with the club’s fans
Leo Messi’s commitment to leave Barcelona could spoil his image with the club’s supporters, says the former agent who signed him to Barcelona on a paper napkin. The Argentine dropped a bomb declaration on Barça on August 25, telling the Blaugrana that he wanted to give up his contract and leave the club almost 20 years later – with a decision coming just days after a humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich. Although his contract expires at the end of the 2020-21 season. So Messi and his legal team have activated a clause that they believe will allow him to terminate the deal unilaterally. However, Barcelona and LaLiga say that a particular clause has expired. A player can only leave if another club meets his €700 million exemption clause, or a separate fee is negotiated with the club.
Leo can’t leave with that burofax
Messi’s former agent Horacio Gaggioli – who says he has signed the future Messi from Newell’s Old Boys to Barca with a deal written on a napkin. He feels the 33-year-old is letting down the club’s supporters in with the nature of his departure. “I don’t understand Messi’s request to leave,” Horacio said. “Leo became great at Barcelona, and he’s triumphed for them. His transfer began because of a signed napkin. Where he was promised to be hired by Barça sporting director Carles Rexach. And 20 years later, he can’t leave with this burofax. Barça supporters do not deserve that. He was very much advised to do so. I hope he can understand it and I dare not say how his image can change. I want the fans always to remember what they managed to achieve with him. But I think it will be tough.”
When asked to predict what he’s tinking would happen in the Messi saga, Horacio said he believed the Argentine international would likely leave the club. His agent and father, Jorge Messi, began negotiations with the club’s board. “I think that the parties may not reach an agreement and that Leo could lose the chance to be the greatest ever at Barça. Even though he changed the club’s modern history with this historic napkin,” he said. Despite the Liga season starting September 11, Barcelona’s first game will not occur until September 27 or 28. Match with Villarreal as they are taking advantage of the long hiatus following their European campaign.