Angry Barcelona supporters have taken to the streets to call for Lionel Messi to remain at the Club.
They have also protested for Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign.
The protests follow announcement that Messi has notified the club that he wants an exit.
“We love you, Messi stay, Messi stay!” and “Bartomeu resign!” chanted several hundred fans outside Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium on Tuesday night.
“I am very upset, for me Barca is Messi and Messi is Barca. They are the same, he is the symbol of Barca … They should erect a monument in Camp Nou. I don’t think this (departure) should be allowed to happen,” 80-year-old Joana Polo, wearing a Barcelona face mask, told the media on Wednesday outside Camp Nou.
Messi’s intention to leave has thrown the club into turmoil less than two weeks after their humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.
“It’s a huge outrage. I never thought this would ever happen … you can take defeats in sports but I can’t handle Messi leaving,” said Oriol, 40. “We will defend him until death. He is not the one to blame. The blame is on (Barcelona’s) board.”