OFFICIAL: Barcelona reveal why Messi can leave for free

La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 07/09/2019

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​Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed why Linoel Messi can leave the club whenever he wants.

The 32-year-old Argentina international has a €700m release clause in his contract - actually has the power to walk away at the end of any given season, but this had not been confirmed by the club...until now.

Bartomeu spoke to ​Barca TV this week to reveal that ​Barcelona actually offers such a clause to all their legendary players, not just Messi, explaining: “Leo ​Messi has a contract through to the 2020/21 season, but the player is able to leave Barça before the final season.

"It's the same case as with the final contracts that Xavi, [Carles] Puyol and [Andres] Iniesta had. They are players who deserve that liberty, and we shouldn't worry, as they are very committed to Barça. We want Messi to play for Barça through to 2021 and beyond. We are very calm."

Messi made his debut back in 2004 as he featured 719 times and scoring 614 goals where he establishing himself as one of the greatest players of all time but Argentina star netted 51 goals in just 50 appearances last season, he is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon,