Lionel Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona has sent shock waves around the world, after two weeks of chaos as he demanded to leave.
Messi had informed the club of his desire to leave via an official note last week, and did not turn up for the team’s first five days of pre-season training under new boss Ronald Koeman.
However, Messi says he will remain at Barcelona next season after releasing an emotional statement, saying he will play on after a “brutal drama” of being at loggerheads with the club he’s spent all of his professional career with.
Messi had believed that a clause in his contract would allow him to leave for free this summer, but Barcelona and La Liga insist that his €700m release clause would need to be paid in full.
See Skysport tweet below:
Lionel Messi's 'brutal' decision to stay at Barcelona has sent shock waves around the world – but after two weeks of chaos, which side has won?
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) September 5, 2020