Messi failed to show up for the club training session on Monday. (source: @FCBarcelona twitter)

Argentina star Lionel Messi’s is looking for a Barcelona exit, as he neither showed up for corona testing of Barcelona players nor does he appeared for the club training session. According to the schedule he had to be there for the corona test and then on Monday for 1st training session with Ronald Koeman.

Lionel Messi can only leave Barcelona if €700m release clause is paid, says La Liga

A La Liga statement on Sunday read: “With regard to the different interpretations (some of which are contradictory) relating to the current contractual situation of FC Barcelona footballer Lionel Andres Messi that have been published across various media outlets in recent days, having analyzed the player’s contract with the club, La Liga would like to clarify the following.

“The contract is currently valid and contains a release clause which is applicable should Lionel Messi decide to trigger the early unilateral termination of the contract, in accordance with article 16 of Royal Decree 1006/1985 of 26 June, which regulates the special employment status that professional sportspeople have.

“In compliance with the applicable regulations and protocol that apply in such instances, La Liga will not carry out the prior visa-release process for the player to be unregistered from the (Royal Spanish Football) Federation if the sum in the aforementioned clause has not been paid beforehand.”

Messi made his debut for India in October 2004

Barcelona’s star Lionel Messi made his debut for Barcelona on 16 October 2004 at the age of 18, after this, he continued to play for the same club. Messi extended a contract with Barcelona in 2017, ending in June 2021. According to media reports, Messi can leave the club at any time.