Six time Ballon d’or winner, Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club immediately, according to a new report.
According to the report, Messi is angry at Barca’s humiliation out of the Champions League on Friday with an 8-2 thumping by German giants, Bayern Munich.
The report says early this season Messi threatened to leave Barca if there was not a major restructure at the club but after the Bayern game he reportedly informed club bosses he is not willing to wait for the change and wants to leave the club “immediately.”
Messi, 33, has grown disillusioned with life at his boyhood club following numerous mounting problems behind the scenes.
His contract expires next summer when he can leave for free but he appears determined to leave right now.
The report was released by Esporte Interativo, the same publication that accurately reported Neymar’s move to PSG years back
An inside source close to Messi is quoted as saying: “He has never seen Leo so determined to leave as now.”
Graeme Souness writing in the Times, he said: “Lionel Messi looked like a man who has had enough of carrying that team; without him they wouldn’t even be good enough to qualify for the Champions League.
“This would be the perfect week to put a bid in for the 33-year-old Argentinian and I could easily see him playing in Manchester — at either United or City.”