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Lionel Messi can only leave Barcelona if his €700 million (£624m/$823m) release clause is met, La Liga confirmed on Sunday.

The Argentine is seeking a way out of Camp Nou this summer, but Spanish football’s main governing body says he cannot leave the club as a free agent
Messi handed in a transfer request to the Barca board last week, with a view to triggering the clause in his contract which allows him to leave the club at the end of each season.

The clause in question expired in June, but the Argentine’s legal team are ready to argue that he should be allowed to terminate his deal unilaterally due to the 2019-20 season being extended into August because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On a personal level, while at Barcelona, Messi has won six Ballons d’Or, more than anyone else in history — and broken pretty much every scoring record. He has scored 634 goals for Barcelona, more than any other player in club football history.

There is no way of looking at Messi’s time at Barcelona as anything other than a total success.