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Sport Lionel Messi finally decided to leave Barcelona when he was told he'll no longer get the 'privileges' he's used to from the club

01:05  11 october  2020
01:05  11 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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  Barcelona laughs in the face of your narratives Barcelona passed through an arch Sunday as it walked out of a catastrophic offseason and onto the Camp Nou pitch, into the new La Liga season. It showed a few flashes of Barca going through tough times and then some triumphant ones, featuring Lionel Messi prominently, and ending with new manager Ronald Koeman’s famous Champions League-winning free kick in 1992, back when he starred for the club as a goal-scoring defender. It seemed not evenBefore the game, the club put out a video intended to rally the club’s fans around the cause. “We did it and we will” was the message.

Messi reportedly told Koeman that he "does not see his future at Barcelona clearly" and that he was leaning toward leaving . The Association Press reported that Barcelona had confirmed that it received documentation from the 33-year-old saying that he intended to leave .

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  • Lionel Messi finally decided to leave Barcelona after the club's new coach told him his "privileges in the squad are over."
  • Messi and Ronald Koeman met last week, during which Messi is understood to have told the Dutchman that he was leaning towards leaving the club.
  • Diario Ole now reports that Koeman told Messi: "Your privileges in the squad are over, you have to do everything for the team. I'm going to be inflexible, you have to think about the team."
  • The exchange is believed to be what convinced Messi his time at Barcelona is up, with the Argentine notifying the club of his intention to quit on Tuesday.
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Lionel Messi finally decided to leave Barcelona after the club's new coach, Ronald Koeman, told him his "privileges in the squad are over."

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Messi and Koeman met shortly after the Dutchman's appointment last week amid rumors the Argentine wanted to leave the club following its 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

During the meeting, Messi is understood to have told Koeman that he "does not see his future at Barcelona clearly" and that he was leaning towards leaving rather than staying.

Argentine news outlet Diario Ole now reports that Koeman told Messi: "Your privileges in the squad are over, you have to do everything for the team. I'm going to be inflexible, you have to think about the team."

It is not known exactly what the "privileges" Messi previously received are, although he has previously had a significant amount of influence on the club.

The exchange is believed to be what convinced Messi his time at Barcelona is up, with the Argentine notifying the club of his intention to leave on Tuesday.

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  A soccer finance expert broke down how signing $825 million Lionel Messi would likely turn out to be great value Dr. Nicolas Scelles also believes teams would be able to afford Messi without breaking UEFA's Financial Fair Fair (FFP) regulations.However, any team that buys him could expect to see a return on their investment due to merchandising, additional broadcast revenues, and the Argentine's performance on the field, football finance expert Dr. Nicolas Scelles told Insider.

And as long as he is at Barcelona , whoever their manager is , he will be the scourge of English He wanted a second central defender in the summer. The club tried to sign Leonardo Bonucci but could ' He has told us of his desire to leave ': Rennes chief Nicolas Holveck reveals Edouard Mendy wants

The manager, disappointed because he couldn't do many of the things he hoped to do when he first arrived, took a gamble. He told the players that There have of course been previous crossroads moments in the past when Messi has come close to leaving the club . In his early days when he


Video: Messi tells Barcelona he wants to leave (AFP)

The Association Press says Barcelona has confirmed that it received documentation from the 33-year-old saying that he intends to quit.

The move, a shock for the footballing world, is likely to incite a legal battle between Messi's representatives and the club, with Messi's camp believing a clause in his contract will allow him to leave the club for free.

Barcelona, however, believe that the clause expired in June, meaning interested parties would be forced to pay closer to his buy-out clause of $825 million.

Paris Saint Germain and Manchester City are believed to be the frontrunners for Messi's signature.

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