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BREAKING: Messi hands Barcelona transfer request

Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has submitted a request to leave the club.

The 33-year-old has spent his entire career with the Spanish giants with whom he won six Ballon d’Or.

Reliable Catalan reporter Gerard Romero confirmed the shocking development.

He tweeted: “Thank you President, for this historic disaster. What a shame.”

Former Skipper Carles Puyol also tweeted: “Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend.”

Rumours of Messi’s unhappiness have been swirling since Bayern Munich humiliated Barcelona 8-2 in the Champions League quarter-final on August 14, ending a season that saw the club fail to win any trophies.

Following that match, Barcelona sacked head coach Quique Setien as well as technical manager Eric Abidal.

Barcelona subsequently hired Ronald Koeman to replace Setien, with the Dutchman expressing his desire to keep the Argentine star at Camp Nou.

After sitting down with Messi, however, it appears that Koeman was unable to convince his side’s talisman to become a part of his project.

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has previously insisted that Messi will end his career at Camp Nou as Bartomeu’s own future continues to be questioned.

Messi has a clause in his contract, which allows him to leave for free.

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