Lionel Messi’s infamous Burofax announcing its intention to leave Barcelona in August 2020 has surfaced in the media.

A exclusive report by the Spanish media company Mundo Deportivo has reproduced the document in full.

The opening declaration of the Burofax reads:

As a result and in accordance with the provisions of section 3.1. of the contract dated November 25, 2017, I declare my willingness to terminate my employment contract as a professional footballer with effect from August 30, 2020. “

The aforementioned clause, to which Messi was referring, stated that his contract extension ran from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021. In addition, the player can terminate the contract free of charge. However, it had this precondition:

“Prior notification to the club carried out before June 10, 2020, with no rights for FC Barcelona.”

Due to the complicated nature of the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season extended into August, when the clause expired.

However, Lionel Messi went further and submitted the document, with his lawyers arguing that the exceptional circumstances allowed the clause to still be in effect.

“Due to the exceptional circumstances, the 2019-2020 competition season ended yesterday, regardless of the fact that our team would have this completion on August 15th when we returned to Barcelona on the night of August 14th after we were eliminated from the Champions League.”

The final declaration of the Burofax read:

“In any case within 10 days after the end of the competition season and in compliance with this agreed deadline for exercising Section 3.1. and in accordance with the essential content of our agreement, which is to be interpreted according to the extraordinary circumstances of the 2019-2020 season, I am making use of my right of termination with effect from August 30, 2020, with the consequences stated in section 3.1 above. Sincerely, Lionel Andrés Messi ”.

Barcelona flatly refused to comply with Messi’s request. La Liga stepped in too, stating that any transfer would have to trigger the full value of the player’s release clause.

Ultimately, Messi overturned his decision to avoid a lengthy court ruling with the club he values.

Barcelona and Lionel Messi have started a new era after a glorious marriage

Lionel Messi said goodbye to Barcelona in 2021
Lionel Messi said goodbye to Barcelona in 2021

The union of Barcelona and Lionel Messi was a heavenly match and many believed the Argentina international would end his illustrious career at the Camp Nou.

But this was not the case. Several years of gross mismanagement at board level resulted in the club not being able to register Messi for the upcoming season. This despite the fact that a contract extension with a 50% wage deduction was agreed.

Messi agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain while Barcelona continued to downsize their squad to begin a long overdue rebuilding phase.

Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh