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Lionel Messi asks to leave Barcelona; social media reacts

Messi social media reaction

Leo Messi and Carles Puyol during the match between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves, corresponding to the week 18 of the Liga Santander, played at the Camp Nou Stadium, on 21th December 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. -- (Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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The world at large is reacting to reports that Lionel Messi has asked to be released from his contract at Barcelona.

A sample from that world includes Barcelona stars, media members, NBA players, and former world footballers.

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Let’s begin with Barcelona legend Carles Puyol, who in supporting is former teammate drew a positive response from a current Blaugrana.

Then there’s Victor Font, one of president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s rivals in next March’s president election.

Font did not hold back, saying that Bartomeu should resign considering that if the Camp Nou was open, it could be filled with crying fans.

NBA stars Josh Hart and Trae Young have had their say, the former’s thoughts matching the scoop or banter coming from Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

And for the best of the rest of sentiments out there, we start with our own Joe Prince-Wright and take a trip from a founding member of Oasis to a former World Cup Golden Boot winner.