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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The news that rocked the soccer world on Tuesday was the confirmation by the European press that Lionel Messi has notified Barcelona that he intends to leave the club.

In a season with no titles, something that hadn't happened since 2007/08, the team said goodbye with a tragic 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the European Champions League. But that was only the final straw for the star.

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