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 . . .