'Messi stay' chants reverberates Camp Nou as Lionel plans to leave Barcelona1 min read . Updated: 26 Aug 2020, 10:43 AM IST
The protests comes after the Argentine striker conveyed his message to Barcelona that he no longer wants to stay with the club
As the dark clouds engulf Lionel Messi's future at Barcelona, fans gathered at Barca's home stadium Camp Nou to express their displeasure with the club and club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu for their role in his decision.
The protesters gathered outside Camp Nou after the Argentine striker conveyed his message to Barcelona that he no longer wants to stay with the club.
The 33-year-old has sent a fax to the club, asking them to allow him to activate a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave on a free transfer this summer.
Soon after the news broke out regarding Messi's desire to depart from the club, fans marched to the Camp Nou to voice their frustration with the club for their role in his decision.
The fans gathered at the club's home stadium also chanted "Messi stay" and "Bartomeu resign".
Messi has spent his entire career with Barcelona and has won the Ballon d'Or six times.
Barcelona was handed an 8-2 drubbing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final, and since then, the club has been dealing with a crisis.
Barcelona had to endure a trophy-less 2019-20 campaign. The side had finished at the second place, behind Real Madrid in La Liga standings in the 2019-20 season.
The head coach Quique Setien and technical manager Eric Abidal have already departed. Ronald Koeman has been appointed as the new coach of Barcelona.