Sports Desk – Lionel Messi has told Barcelona that he wants to leave the club. The club confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Argentina great sent a document expressing his desire to leave.
The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, one of the worst defeats in the player’s career and in the club’s history.
The defeat capped a difficult season for Barcelona — the first without a title since 2007-08 — and ignited one of its worst crises ever.
The Barca star recently met with new manager Ronald Koeman, but remains unconvinced by the club’s plans for the future.
As a result, Messi has communicated to the club that he wants to leave after 20 years with the club.
Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards during his time at Barcelona as the top player in the world, and has helped the club win 10 Spanish league titles and four Champions League crowns.