07:20 GMT14 April 2021
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    Argentine national Lionel Messi has asked to leave Spanish soccer giants Barcelona. The 33-year old, six time Ballon D’or winner is said to have sent a fax to the club informing them of his desire to leave, and taking advantage of a clause in his contract that allows him to depart this summer.

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi reportedly wants to spend next season at English giants Manchester City, after leaving his current club.

    Messi’s shock decision to leave Barcelona has sparked a lot of curiosity about his plans. However, reports suggest that Messi has been in contact with his former coach Pep Guardiola, currently coaching the Blues, and would be keen on a move to Manchester.

    It has been further reported that City are crunching the numbers to work out if they would be able to sign Messi without breaching FIFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

    Pep and Messi spent four years together at Barcelona between 2008 to 2012 and reportedly enjoy a strong bond.

    After Messy dropped his bombshell fax, football lovers were keen to see him play at a new club with City being the favorites to sign him.

     

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    Pep Guardiola, Ballon d'Or, transfer, Manchester City, Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona, Barcelona, Argentina
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