Argentina's Lionel Messi looks on at a match against Venezuela during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers at the Monumental stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci/File Photo
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Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona without a transfer fee if Catalonia ceded from Spain and the club did not compete in any of Europe's top four leagues, El Mundo said on Friday, citing a clause in his new contract.It runs until June 2021 and contains a 700 million euro ($843 million) buy-out clause.But according to the Spanish daily, it would also allow the five-times world player of the year to leave the club where he has spent his entire career for free if Catalonia's independence push resulted in Barca exiting Spain's top flight and not joining either the Premier League, the Bundesliga or Serie A.Barcelona and Messi's management team could not immediately be reached for comment.
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