Messi Appearance against Gimnastic de Tarragona

Lionel Messi made his appearance for Barcelona playing in a friendly against Gimnastic de Tarragona.

The Argentine put forward a transfer request in August, however he decided to stay last week since no club would be able to afford his release clause.

Messi started in the 3-1 win over third-tier Nastic after the club confirmed he would remain as captain.

He was replaced along with the other starters at half-time.

Messi, Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer, thought he had a clause in his contract that’d permit him to leave for free.  Barcelona and La Liga insisted that clause was no longer valid. All club desiring to buy him required to pay a release clause of 700mil euros (£624mil). 

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