- Lionel Messi risked being punished after failing to show up at Barcelona training
- The 33-year-old missed out of the club's medical check-up on Sunday, August 30
- Philippe Coutinho and 16 others failed to show up too
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Want-away Barcelona captain Lionel Messi does not consider himself part of Ronald Koeman's plans hence, he chose to boycott on Monday, August 31.
The 33-year-old has 12 more months on his current deal with the Catalans and has sent his transfer request to the club.
In view of this, top European clubs have already started showing interest in signing him, but Manchester City have an edge over them.
The Argentine has been linked with a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola as he hopes to start afresh in the Premier League.
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According to Sport Bible, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner failed to show up for the club's routine coronavirus testing at their training complex on Sunday, August 30.
Reports claim that the attacker could be fined €1 million if he fails to appear in training as reported by Spanish publication SPORT.
He could also forfeit his pay between two to ten days as part of the suspension that could be handed to him. He could even be fined seven percent of his monthly salary.
Meanwhile, Manchester City have been tipped as favourites to sign the six-time Ballon d'Or winner with Guardiola spotted in Barcelona in a bid to strike a deal.
However, Barcelona have insisted that any club interested in his signature must first pay his €700 million release clause.
But Messi's lawyers insist their client could activate a clause in his contract to leave the club for free, as it was believed a release clause didn't exist in the final year of his contract.
Apart from Messi, Philippe Coutinho and 17 other players are also yet to return to training ahead of their pre-season plans.
The Brazilian helped Bayern Munich win the Champions League title last campaign and was given a short break.
Below is the full list of Barcelona players missing the first day of training:
Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Miralem Pjanic, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Clement Lenglet, Antoine Griezmann, Francisco Trincao, Nelson Semedo, Martin Braithwaite, Ansu Fati, Inaki Pena, Riqui Puig, Juan Miranda, Carles Alena and Pedri.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Want-away Barcelona star Messi may have broken the heart of a young fan after failing to show up at the club's training this week.
The youngster donning the 33-year-old's number 10 replica waited at the parking lot waiting for the Argentine to show up.
After some time at the open space, the young lad saw the Catalans midfielder Sergio Busquets arrive for the early morning training session.
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