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VIDEO SHOWS: RECENT AND FILE FOOTAGE OF LIONEL MESSI, SOUNDBITE FROM ANDY MURRAY, RECENT FOOTAGE OF CAMP NOU
HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT NEAR BARCELONA, SPAIN (FILE - DECEMBER 11, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
1. LIONEL MESSI, ARRIVING ON STAGE AND GREETING FANS IN ATTENDANCE
2. MESSI ON STAGE STANDING BETWEEN HIS NEW BOOTS AND BALLON D'OR TROPHY
3. MESSI ON STAGE
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 25, 2020) (ATP MEDIA / IMG - NO ARCHIVE, NO RESALES)
4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDY MURRAY, TALKING ABOUT LIONEL MESSI, SAYING:
"I would like to see him play in the Premier League to be honest. I don't really care who he plays... who he plays for. I follow Arsenal but I'm not thinking he's going to be joining them. But yes, I would like to see him come to the Premier League, you know... it would be great for the league, for sure. Maybe get the opportunity to go and watch him live a few more times. I watched him a bit when he was much younger when I lived in Barcelona I got to see him play a couple of times live but yes, it would be nice to see him in the Premier League. And, you know, a lot of... I've heard a lot of people saying, 'oh, you know, could he do it on a cold Wednesday in Stoke?' and I've always said of course he could because he's the best player ever, he'd be absolutely fine. So, I'd like to see him show a few people that he could do that."
PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - DECEMBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS- ACCESS ALL)
5. VARIOUS OF LIONEL MESSI HOLDING HIS SIXTH BALLON D'OR TROPHY WHILE SPEAKING TO MEDIA
LISBON, PORTUGAL (AUGUST 13, 2020) (UEFA - NO RESALES, NO COMMERCIAL USE, MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY "©UEFA 2020")
6. VARIOUS OF MESSI DURING TRAINING
7. BARCELONA TEAM TRAINING
8. VARIOUS OF MESSI
BARCELONA, SPAIN (AUGUST 19, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
9. CAMP NOU STADIUM
10. PEOPLE TAKING PICTURES IN STADIUM ZONE
11. FC BARCELONA LOGO ON WALL
12. BANNER ON WALL READING (English): "BELIEVE IN THE FUTURE"
13. FC BARCELONA AND CATALONIA FLAGS WAVING
14. FCB LOGO ON WALL
15. BANNER ON WALL READING (Catalan): "BARCA" AND SHOWING PICTURES OF PLAYERS (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): FRENKIE DE JONG, GERARD PIQUE, LEO MESSI, SERGIO BUSQUETS AND SERGI ROBERTO
16. FC BARCELONA FLAG WAVING AND LOGO ON WALL
17. BANNER ON WALL SHOWING PICTURE OF PLAYERS (from left to right): SERGIO BUSQUETS, LEO MESSI AND GERARD PIQUE
STORY: Former world number one Andy Murray told reporters on Tuesday (August 26) that he would like to see Lionel Messi play in the Premier League.
According to a source, Barca captain Lionel Messi has told the club he wishes to leave the club immediately deepening the turmoil within the Catalan side less than two weeks after their humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Murray, who was speaking in New York after losing in the third round of the Western & Southern Open to Milos Raonic, said Messi is the best player in the world and would be able to play in the Premier League.
The 33-year-old Brit supports Arsenal but he thought it unlikely the Argentina international would join the Gunners.
The source that confirmed Messi wants to leave Barcelona said the club a burofax from the forward's lawyers declaring that the player, who has spent his entire career at Barca, wished to leave. A burofax is a service used in Spain to urgently dispatch a document through a certified email, which issues a digital certificate with legal validity.
The club subsequently sent Messi a burofax, stating they wanted him to stay and finish his career at Barca, added the source.
A second source added that the burofax Messi's lawyers sent referred to a clause in the last contract the Argentine signed with the club in 2017 which allowed him to leave for free, a clause that expired on June 10 this year.
Under the terms of the contract which expires in 2021, the only way Messi can leave without the club's consent is if a rival side pays his release clause of 700 million euros (629.7 million pounds).
(Production: Tim Hart)