BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 24: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Barcelona and AS Roma at Camp Nou stadium on November 24, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

It could be the end of an era for Lionel Messi and Barcelona after the Argentinian has reportedly told the club he wants to leave.

Messi, who was won six Ballon d Or’s and 10 La Liga titles with Barcelona, has expressed his desire to walk away from the club wishing to activate a clause in his current contract.

It comes as Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League quarter-final to Bayern Munich 8-2, as well as the Spanish giants enduring their first trophyless season in 12 years.

The Barcelona superstar is contracted to June 30 next year, but wishes to activate a clause in his contract which means he could walk out as a free agent.

However, that clause was only until May, and now Messi’s team wants that clause extended to the end of August and the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Barcelona won’t budge though as they still believe that he should stick to his contract, commanding any team that wants to sign him they may have to activate the €700 million ($1.15 billion) buyout clause.