05:13 GMT20 June 2021
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    Last summer, the Argentine superstar voiced his desire to leave the Blaugrana, but was unable to as the-then president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted that a clause in his contract barred him from doing so. Messi claimed Bartomeu lied but he said he wouldn't file a lawsuit against Barcelona’s leadership out of respect for the club.

    Barcelona fans are blaming the club for wasting Lionel Messi’s final years after the club’s recent game against Levante. The Blaugrana led twice against its rivals, but the match ended in a 3-3 draw, which frustrated the club’s fans. Barcelona is now ranked second and trails one point behind leader Atletico Madrid, who have a game in hand.

    The draw with Levante greatly complicates the fight for La Liga title. Nearest rival Real Madrid trail one point behind Barca. However, they have played one game less.

    The news prompted harsh criticism from Barcelona’s fans, who argue that Messi could have won prestigious trophies this season had Barcelona not made him stay.

    ​Other netizens blamed manager Ronald Koeman’s tactics and deemed that the athlete should leave at the end of the season when his contract expires.

    Spanish press wrote that Barcelona may fire manager Koeman after the frustrating draw with Levante. The Dutchman himself said that his future at Camp Nou is in doubt as he took the responsibility for the bleak performance in the second half of the game.
    "We are disappointed and we're wondering what happened. Our aim was to win all three games and hope that the others would lose points," Koeman said. "But now it's difficult."

    Messi’s Future at Camp Nou

    The athlete’s contract with Barcelona expires this summer, allowing him to walk away as a free agent should he decide to say adieu to the Blaugrana. Previously Messi said that he will make a decision on his future at Barcelona after speaking with the club’s new president.

    Reports say the ability to win titles is the main requirement for Messi. So far the club has won only one trophy - Copa Del Rey – but missed its chances in the Champions League. So it seems that winning La Liga is vital for Barcelona if they want Messi to stay.


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