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Lionel Messi is leaving Barcelona.

On August 25, 2020, Lionel Messi told FC Barcelona that he wants to leave the club after his twenty years of service.

The Barcelona club has confirmed that they received a document sent by Messi declaring his desire to activate a release clause that would end his contract and leave for free this summer. The announcement comes eleven days after Barcelona's 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals.

The Argentine has sent the writing through fax, and the club is yet to respond officially. Ramon Planes, Barca sporting director, insists the club wants to build a team around Messi.

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