Indian Football Clubs Line Up to Sign Lionel Messi after Reports of Him Leaving Barcelona
Lionel Messi has reportedly told Barcelona that he wishes to leave the Catalan club, leaving every team in the world, including Indian football teams racing to get the legendary Argentine footballer in their team.
Barcelona received a burofax, which is a service used in Spain to urgently dispatch documents through a certified email, from Messi's lawyers declaring that the player, who has spent his entire career at Barca, wished to leave. Barcelona has also reportedly sent Messi a burofax, which states they wanted him to stay and finish his career at the club.
Accoring to sources, the burofax Messi's lawyers sent referred to a clause in the last contract the 33-year-old Argentine signed with Barcelona in 2017, which allowed him to leave for free, a clause that expired on June 10 this year.
Currently though, under the terms of the contract which expires in 2021, the only way Messi can leave without the club's consent is if a rival side pays his release clause of 700 million euros (629.7 million pounds).
As the news broke, Indian football teams joined the social media trend of announcing that they have entered the race to get Messi on their team.
Messi decides to leave one day before our Wednesday announcement
— K e r a l a B l a s t e r s F C (@KeralaBlasters) August 26, 2020
— Rohan (@MrRohanSharma) August 25, 2020
We have space for one more . Come bro, one scene we will put. @TeamMessi.
— West Block Blues (@WestBlockBlues) August 25, 2020
Not only Indian football clubs but teams from all over the world have thrown their hat in the ring to sign Messi.
Our No. jersey was free last time we checked... pic.twitter.com/pVbksLjrFu
— Sampdoria English (@sampdoria_en) August 25, 2020
We can neither confirm nor deny the identity of our trialists tonight.https://t.co/t6J7QD1Tln
— Burton Albion FC (@burtonalbionfc) August 25, 2020
Come for the oatcakes.
Stay for the away shirt.
— Port Vale FC (@OfficialPVFC) August 25, 2020
— Grimsby Town F.C. (@officialgtfc) August 25, 2020
Teams of other sports including basketball and baseball have shown interest in getting Messi on their side.
Wonder if Messi has ever thought of trying out baseball pic.twitter.com/zJqOQOYUlf
— Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) August 25, 2020
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— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 25, 2020
Some of the Indian Premier League teams have also got in on the speculation:
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) August 26, 2020
In light of recent rumours, Delhi Capitals would like to confirm that a bid for has not been made.
— Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from ) (@DelhiCapitals) August 26, 2020
Though it is yet unsure where Messi will land up or will he, at all, leave Barcelona, one thing is for sure, only time will tell.