Barcelona squad (top L-R) Barcelona’s German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Barcelona’s French defender Samuel Umtiti, Barcelona’s Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona’s midfielder Sergio Busquets, Barcelona’s defender Gerard Pique (bottom L-R) Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s forward Gerard Deulofeu, Barcelona’s defender Aleix Vidal, Barcelona’s midfielder Andres Iniesta, Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez and Barcelona’s defender Jordi Alba pose before the first leg of the Spanish Supercup football match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, on August 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

Lionel Messi has included a clause in his contract which would allow him to leave Barcelona on a free if Catalonia gains independence, according to shock reports

Messi finally signed a new lucrative contract in November to make him the world’s highest-paid footballer.

His new deal will see him play at the Nou Camp through to 2021 and with a reported £623million release clause it is highly unlikely anybody will be able to prize him away from the La Liga side.

However, Messi took a long time before committing his long-term future at Barcelona.

According to UK Express, there are reports that the Argentina international wanted assurances he would be able to leave on a free if Catalonia achieved independence.