Messi fails to attend coronavirus test

Football superstar Lionel Messi missed his COVID-19 test at Barcelona’s practice ground on Sunday morning, Barca sources have affirmed to news media, suggesting the chance he will boycott pre-season to force a transfer.

Without passing a COVID-19 test, Lionel Messi will be inadequate to join team-mates for Ronald Koeman’s first training session next Monday (31 August), with the start of the new La Liga season less than two weeks away.

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Messi was due to report for testing at 10:15 am on Sunday but according to sources at Barcelona, he failed to show up at the Ciutat Esportiva.

The club’s captain and greatest ever player could now be punished with a fine and even a decrease in salary if the strike continues.

Rather, his absence offers a clear sign of his decision to secure a move and how ugly this dispute could now become.

Taking part in the team’s pre-season program could damage his legal case if his departure ends up being settled in court.

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