The Spanish press revealed the document that Messi sent to Barcelona, requesting to leave the Blaugrana entity for free
SPAIN – The publication of the famous burofax that sent Lionel messi asking to get out of Barcelona In August 2020, he confirmed that the Argentine player then wanted to go free based on the argument that because of the coronavirus the season had ended beyond June.
In the last contract of Messi with the Barça, which was signed in 2017, included clause 3.1, by which the footballer could go free, without alleging just cause, at the end of the 2019-20 season provided that he communicated it to the club before June 10, 2020.
But in the burofax, which has unveiled ‘Mundo Deportivo’, Messi argued the following: “I understand that the time frame of the right of unilateral termination without alleging cause that regulates the aforementioned clause must be interpreted in accordance with the exceptional circumstances in which the season has developed.”
Thus, the current player of the Paris Saint-Germain He argued that “due to this exception, the 2019-2020 competition season ended yesterday (the burofax was sent on August 24), without prejudice to the fact that for” Barça “this end would take place on August 15 “after the elimination of the Champions League against the Bayern Munich.
Messi considered that the season officially ended on August 23, the day that the final of the maximum continental competition between Bayern and PSG was played in Lisbon, which would end up winning the first.
For this reason, the former player of the Barça asked to have his contract terminated on August 30. But the then Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu refused to make the request effective because he considered that the exceptionality of the coronavirus pandemic did not modify clause 3.1 and that the term to benefit from it had ended two and a half months before.
Faced with this refusal, and arguing that he did not want to take the club of his life to court, Messi announced on September 4, 2020 that it would continue in the Barça.