Lionel Messi wants meeting with Barcelona board, hopes to leave in good terms
Lionel Messi is looking to have one last meeting with the Barcelona board, hoping to leave in good terms with the club after sending a burofax earlier this week. Lionel Messi is hoping to negotiate an exit from Barcelona instead of making a unilateral move to leave via his opt-out clause, one he would have to defend in court after Barcelona appears hellbent in seeking €700 million for his release.
The relationship between Messi and the Barcelona directive has deteriorated greatly throughout the years, especially during the past few months as a bevy of changes have been cause for disapproval of the club No. 10.
According to Goal, Lionel Messi remains determined to leave Barcelona regardless of what is said or done in the meeting, including the potential resignation of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Messi has a laundry list of mistakes the board recently made, starting with the lackluster pursuit of Neymar, which he used to question former sporting director Eric Abidal. The Argentine wonder also was not in accordance with bringing in Antoine Griezzman from Atlético Madrid, a move Barcelona completed despite no clear place for a player at his position.
Problems continued as Barcelona struggled out of the bat, as the board mulled the firing of Ernesto Valverde. Lionel Messi vouched for the manager, but the board still went on with his dismissal, soon resorting to Quique Setien — who proved a misfit from the jump.
A 1-0 Copa Del Rey quarterfinal loss to Athletic Bilbao was the first sting, then came losing La Liga to bitter rival Real Madrid after the restart. But the straw that broke the star’s back was an 8-2 defeat at the feet of Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, an embarrassment that coupled with a 3-0 exit to Serie A side Roma in 2018 and a 4-0 home loss to Liverpool in 2019.