Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi could leave the Blaugrana for free, thanks to a special clause in his contract.
The attacker may have signed a new contract back in November but if Catalonia gains independence and Barca are thrown out of La Liga, the little magician would be free to leave.
According to El Mundo, Messi would only remain at the Camp Nou if the club are playing in the top flight of the Spanish, German, Italian, French or English league.
There has been talk of a Catalan league being formed if the autonomous region splits from the rest of Spain but despite the split looking increasingly likely, it isn’t expected that there will be any trouble for the Catalan giants having to leave La Liga.
This is despite La Liga president Javier Tebas claiming they would be thrown out as “only Spanish and Andorran clubs can play in Spain’s leagues” with FIFA totally against this claim.
A Barcelona spokesman said, “In the interests of confidentiality the club never comments on contracts signed with players and never will.”
Barcelona have been champions of Spain on 24 occasions and are favourites to do so again this year, currently nine points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top.
They don’t fear being banned from Spain’s top division, saying they were “not planning for any other scenario than playing in the Spanish league. The club is competing in this competition and wants to win it.”