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It’s happening. It’s really happening.

Lionel Messi looks set to leave Barcelona.

Well, that’s if Messi gets his wish.

He believes a clause in his contract means he can terminate his current deal right now. Barca will say that clause has expired and now cannot be triggered until next summer.

It’s an argument that will rage on for weeks and weeks.

But why does Messi suddenly want to leave the club he joined as a 13-year-old?

Well, Ben Hayward, football journalist and Spain correspondent for the London Evening Standard, has explained exactly how ‘it came to this.’

In a series of 21 tweets, Hayward has explained step-by-step how Messi has reached this conclusion.

He starts: “Messi has been frustrated at Barça for some time. The club’s record in Champions League since winning the treble in 2014-15 has not been good enough and after winning the competition three times in seven seasons, FCB have not won it since.”

He then mentions the Champions League disappointment against Liverpool as Messi’s side lost 4-0 in the semi-final second leg.

“Ahead of the 2018-19 season, Messi told the Camp Nou crowd, in reference to the Champions League, that he and his team-mates would do “everything possible to bring back that beautiful trophy. Instead, Barca collapsed at Anfield.'

Then, at the start of the season, Messi wanted the club to re-sign Neymar but they instead turned to Antoine Griezmann.

In September, the first signs of Messi’s frustrations emerged as he said: “I want to keep winning things with the club. I want to keep achieving important things. For me, the clause doesn't mean anything. Money neither. I'm moved by other things. The most important thing for me is a winning project.'

In February, Messi hit out at Eric Abidal who claimed the players hadn’t been training properly.

“Players [are responsible] for what happens on the pitch. The heads of the sports department have to take their responsibilities too,' Messi wrote on Instagram.

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Following Barca’s humiliation against Bayern Munich and the sacking of Quique Setien, Messi met with new manager Ronald Koeman. But the details of their first chat were leaked as the Dutchman reportedly told him his ‘privileges’ are over.

A one-minute phonecall from Koeman to Messi’s best friend, Luis Suarez, telling him he’s no longer needed at the club didn’t go down well with the Argentine.

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Now, Manchester City represents the “winning project” that Messi wants at this stage of his career.

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