Lionel Messi ‘can leave Barcelona for free’ at the end of each season due to clause in his contract

London Evening Standard

Lionel Messi can leave Barcelona for free at the end of any given season, according to a report in El Pais.

The Argentine attacker has spent his entire career at the Catalan club and his current deal expires in 2021.

He has renewed his contract eight times since 2005 and El Pais claim that in his last extension, in 2017, a clause was included which allows him to walk away at the end of any season.

The report, written by respected Barcelona-based journalist Ramon Besa, claims the five-time Ballon d’Or is free to leave on June 30th, at the end of each campaign.

Barca legends Carles Puyol, Xavi and Andres Iniesta all had similar agreements in their final years at Barca, with the two midfielders opting to move to Qatar and Japan, respectively.

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