Argentine legend Lionel Messi has officially submitted a request to leave the club.
The club confirmed to ESPN Deportes’ Jordi Blanco on Tuesday that Messi of his decision notified them via burofax, a service used in Spain to urgently dispatch a document that requires proof to third parties.
Messi, 33, has a contract until 2021 but has grown disappointed with events on and off the pitch at Camp Nou in recent months.
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