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'It can't end like this, Messi deserves better' - Africa reacts after Argentina star demands Barcelona exit

Lionel Messi has sent Africans into a frenzy on social media following reports he has handed in a transfer request at Barcelona.

The 33-year-old has expressed his desire to leave the Spanish club after they ended the 2019-20 campaign with no silverware - the first time since the 2007-08 season.

Messi’s frustration is believed to have started after Barcelona suffered a humiliating 8-2 defeat in the Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich on August 14.

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The decision made by the six-time Ballon d'Or winner on Tuesday has left football fans with different opinions with many claiming he deserves much more in a club where he won 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies while some are already linking him with a move to England.