By Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline
Published: 11:16 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 11:30 BST, 2 September 2020
Angry Barcelona supporters have slammed the club for using an image of Lionel Messi to sell their new home kit – just hours before the player's father meets with president Josep Bartomeu to discuss his son's exit this summer.
Club officials released the advert of Messi, who is stood front and centre wearing the home strip, while Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Gerard Pique and Marc-Andre ter Stegen flank the Argentine.
In what appears to be a calculated move, the Barcelona board are hoping to show that the 33-year-old still has a future at the Nou Camp ahead of talks with Messi's father Jorge on Wednesday.
Barcelona have used Lionel Messi's (centre, front) image to promote their new home kit
The home kit, which was unveiled in July, can now be bought from the club's website
However, the advert has caused backlash from fans on social media with many claiming that the club are wrong to include Messi in any shape or form, considering he will most likely leave the club in the coming weeks.
Many hit out at the club for holding Messi hostage, after the player himself sensationally handed a transfer request to force through a move to Manchester City.
One fan demanded the club to stop