Real Madrid players are stunned by Lionel Messi’s push to leave Barcelona.
Messi sent shockwaves throughout football on Tuesday after informing Spanish giants Barcelona, via fax, that he wants to leave the club on a free transfer this summer.
ESPN says sources from within the club have revealed that the group chat used by players has been continuously whirring ever since Messi dropped the bombshell.
The Madrid senior ranks are reportedly ‘incredulous’ at the news, and are struggling to comprehend the possibility of facing Barca in the famous Clasico showdown without their talisman.
Such has been Messi’s long reign at the Nou Camp, not a single player from the current Madrid team have played in a Clasico without Messi being around.
Even club captain Sergio Ramos, who joined Madrid some 15 years ago, has still encountered a club containing Messi every time.