While a number of people are happy to see Lionel Messi remain at FC Barcelona this season, a Real Madrid legend has been critical of the Argentine's actions.
Various reports in Spain claimed Messi was on his way out of the Camp Nou ahead of the new season after his unhapiness with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
However, the Argentine announced in an interview with Goal that he will be staying at the club for the 2020/2021 campaign and Hugo Sanchez feels the decision to send the burofax has tainted his image.
"Messi has had no choice but to stay at Barcelona due to the bad assessment of his father and his lawyers," Sanchez said on ESPN, as per Marca.
"They could've saved that burofax that damaged his image within the club.
"The burofax only caused him a headache because there was no team that was going to pay the 700 million euro release clause.
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"He could have avoided that release clause fee by sending his decision to leave on time and then leaving Barcelona without paying a single euro.
"Now he's got no choice but to suck it up for a year, for 10 or 11 months.
"The necessary time until he can leave for free."
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