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Messi Calls Of Contract Renewal Talks, Set To Leave Barcelona

Lionel Messi has reportedly called off contract renewal talks with Barcelona and is planning to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of next season.
According to Cadena SER, the captain is angry and frustrated at the club and has not intention currently of continuing past 2021.

ESPN say “sources have confirmed” that Messi has been angered by reports that have been leaked to the media suggesting he’s responsible for problems at the club.

He hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal earlier in the season after the Frenchman appeared to blame the players for Ernesto Valverde’s sacking.

Messi is also said to be “frustrated about the squad’s lack of quality” and has apparently already told some of his team-mates about his decision.

What has he not liked about the way this season has been run?

There's a long list, starting with the half-baked attempt at re-signing Neymar last summer, which was all show and no real substance.

Then there was the scandal of a firm employed by the club to monitor social media being linked to online accounts that ran negative stories about him and his family.

After that came the sacking of the manager, Ernesto Valverde, in January when the team were top and the failure to replace him with anyone better, followed swiftly by an attempt from director of football Eric Abidal to point the finger of blame at the players for the dismissal.

More recently, there was a thinly-veiled accusation that the players were resisting taking a pay-cut during the coronavirus crisis as the club laid off ordinary staff.

And then just last week, the sale of midfielder Arthur Melo slap-bang in the middle of the all-important run-in.

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