Liverpool rule themselves out of Lionel Messi move despite star’s availability

Liverpool are reportedly not in the race to sign Lionel Messi, despite the Barcelona talisman's desire to leave the Nou Camp.

Messi informed the club of his desire to leave on Tuesday and every major side in Europe has been linked with his signature.

However, according to a report from Sky Sports, Liverpool are not looking to bring Messi to Anfield, having 'ruled themselves out of any potential move'.

Messi has a clause in his contract which allows him to end his stay at Barcelona but the club are adamant that the clause has expired.

The 33-year-old believes that the extension of the season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which saw the campaign officially end in August, means the clause has also been extended and he can execute it before August 31.

Even if Messi ends up leaving for free, the finances involved in securing his signature would be exorbitant.

According to Football Leaks, Messi earns €60,395,769 a year from Barcelona in basic wages, which works out at around £988,000 per week.

He also earns around £9.1m in image rights and has bonus clauses which can earn him an extra £13m each year.

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Messi informed Barcelona of his desire to leave via Burofax and the fax has been reportedly leaked on social media.

Instagram fan channel barca.theory has shared an image that appeared to be the document Messi sent to the Nou Camp that has been translated.

It reads: "By means of this letter, I, Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini, with a white ID [blank], request that the employment benefit contract that I currently occupy in your distinguished club be terminated, based on clause number 24 that allows me to have this power.

"I appreciate all the opportunities for personal growth and professional preparation that were offered to me during the time I worked.

"Learnings that allowed me to consolidate my technical and human profile, but for personal reasons this [blank] difficult decision was made to me, which I hope will be made in the best way by the management of this club."

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