Rabindra Dhungel, 13 september 2020. Lionel Messi has made his debut for Barcelona after failing to leave the club. Messi played in a friendly against Gymnastics Day Tarragona.
The 33-year-old Argentine forward sent a transfer request to Barcelona last August, expressing his desire to leave the club. However, he said that no club would be able to fulfill his release clause of 700 million euros.
Messi captained the game in a 3–1 victory over third-division clubs. He played until half time.
Osman Dembele, Anthony Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho scored in the game. Barcelona will start the new season of La Liga on September 27 against Villarreal.