‘No Messi independence clause, but…’

Lionel Messi’s father says while the No 10 has no Barcelona exit clause if Catalonia gains independence, they would still need to play “in a top League.”

El Mundo reported on Friday that Messi would be able to leave Barca on a free transfer if they did not stay in La Liga or play in the Premier League, Ligue 1 or Bundesliga after Catalonia hypothetically split from Spain.

However, dad Jorge told La Red: “Everything that’s been said isn’t true.

“There’s a commitment from Lionel to the club that he’s staying, providing he plays in a top League.

“Lionel would stay if Catalonia became independent, as long he’s playing in a competitive League.”

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