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Soccer-Messi tells Barca he wishes to leave - club source

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Captain Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wishes to leave the club immediately, a source confirmed on Tuesday.

BARCELONA, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Captain Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wishes to leave the club immediately, a source confirmed on Tuesday.

The club source said Messi, who has spent his entire career at Barca, informed the club about his desire to leave by sending a burofax, a service used in Spain to urgently dispatch a document that requires proof to third parties.

The 33-year-old Argentine, who joined the club in 2000 as a youth player, has a contract with the Catalans until 2021.

(Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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