Lionel Messi, the La Pulga (Flea) from Argentina and the ‘GOAT’ (Greatest of All Time) to his millions of fans worldwide, finds himself in a fix as he evaluates his career in football. Messi had recently displayed interest to depart Barcelona, his current football club, on grounds of unsatisfactory performance at Catalonia. The club now holds that Messi would have to part with approximately £628m (Sh89 billion) if he cancels the contract in an untimely manner.
Barca lost 8-2 to eventual European champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals earlier this month, with that result leading to the departures of manager Quique Setien and sporting director Eric Abidal.
Ronald Koeman, the newly appointed Barcelona coach has had frequent work conflicts with Messi signalling changed attitudes by Messi and enhancing his desire to exit a club he joined 19 years ago.
Messi intends to activate a clause in his contract which he believes allows him to leave on a free transfer, but which is something that the club themselves dispute.
Former Barca director and current presidential candidate Toni Freixa says he’s not too bothered about Messi’s decision though.
“The contracts are to be fulfilled and what Messi has to do is come with €700m (£628m) and leave.”