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Messi wants to leave FC Barcelona after 20 years

International press reviews on the announced Messi farewell at FC Barcelona (compiled by SID)


Marca: "The bomb went off. Messi vs. Barca: This is the war! It's difficult to write sentences like that without exclamation marks. Barcelona are in shock. The club are badly hit. A Messi exit would also be a severe blow for the Spanish League as a total product. "

AS: "Adios by Burofax. Barca see Messi as lost. They will charge one euro more than for Neymar. Barcelona and especially its president Josep Maria Bartomeu are in shock. The club's legal department is working at full speed to prove that they are right It will be interesting to see which club can take on the overall Messi package. "

Sport: "Total war. Messi tells Barca via Burofax that he wants to go on a free transfer. PSG, Manchester United, City and Inter Milan have already contacted the player's community to sign him.

El Mundo Deportivo: "Messi bombshell. He wants to leave. The board asks him to think again about everything and to end his career at Camp Nou. Barcelona hurts everything! Now there are slaps in the face. What an earthquake. With Messi there would be much more Going as just a player, he's history for the club, a sad ending.


Gazzetta dello Sport: "Messi, what a shock! It is difficult to imagine a sadder, self-destructive and absurd end to the relationship between the Flea and Barca. A relationship that seemed timeless and indestructible is likely to end in court. Millions in weight Shreds fly. Messi flees Barcelona depressed. "

Corriere dello Sport: "Messi's story in Barca comes to an end in the worst possible way - with a cold office fax. Messi's announcement is not a bolt from the blue, but it is a shock. It brings a chapter of football history to an end. The CL -Debacle against FC Bayern has carried the whole future of the Catalans to the grave. "

Tuttosport: "A war between lawyers is looming between Messi and Barcelona. A wonderful football fairy tale is coming to an end. Interesting scenarios for the future of the flea are now opening up. There is no shortage of interested parties, but the clubs that really afford the players can, are only a few. "

Corriere della Sera: "Messi shows all his skepticism about the chances of success of the new course that the Catalans, humiliated by Bayern in the Champions League, want to start. A hard war between the lawyers threatens at the end of the long love story between the flea and Barca."

La Repubblica: "After the long love, now the lawyers come into play. The divorce between Messi and Barcelona could spark a long war that could be very costly. The avalanche has only just started and will radically change football."


The Sun: "Transfer shock. Messi dropped the bombshell. Barcelona mess-ed up (Barcelona screwed up)."

Daily Mail: "After a crisis talk with his new boss Ronald Koeman, the unthinkable is now a real possibility: Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona. But who other than ManCity, PSG and Co. could manage the transfer of the century?"

The Guardian: "Europe's elite are lining up to sign arguably the best player in the world."

Daily Telegraph: "It is almost inconceivable that Messi would play for a club other than Barcelona, ​​but that distant possibility is now a possible outcome of this transfer window."

Lionel Andres Messi Cuccitini - his greatest successes:

six-time world footballer of the year (2009 to 2012, 2015, 2019)
European Footballer of the Year (2011 and 2015)
best player of the 2014 World Cup
Vice World Champion 2014
ten Spanish championship titles
four Champions League victories
six Spanish cup wins
three world cup victories
Olympic champion 2008
U20 world champion 2005

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