6 July 2016, 10:54 GMT
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Marca newspaper, Messi made the decision in July during a family vacation in Ibiza and asked his father to inform Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu on his intention. Messi’s current contract with FC Barcelona ends on June 30, 2018.
Bartomeu called on the Argentine forward to think twice and reminded that a release clause in Messi’s contract amounted to 250 million euros [about $273 million]. At the same time, there have not been any official contacts between Messi's representatives and the Barcelona officials since July, the newspaper said.
Messi, 29, became a Barcelona member when he was 13. Rising up through the ranks of the FC Barcelona football academy, he broke into the main team at the age of 17.
Since then, he has won the the Champions League four times, became champion of La Liga seven times, won six Copa Del Reys, along with many other trophies.