10 big footballers who went AWOL

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After Lionel Messi failed to show up for FC Barcelona training last week, here is a look at 10 other high-profile players who have went AWOL in recent years.

Reports in Spain claim Messi does not consider himself a Barcelona anymore as he feels the clause to leave for free remains intact.

Browse through the gallery above to see 10 footballers who went AWOL.

Messi has since announced he will remain at the Camp Nou for the upcoming season, but is yet to report to training.

This is second incident in recent months of a Barcelona player going AWOL after Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo refused to return to training last month ahead of his switch to Juvenuts.

Arthur reportedly felt the Catalan giants were trying to push him out of the club, as he had openly expressed his desire to stay at the club.

READ: Official: Real Madrid confirm two exits

The situation is no different in South Africa, as Bafana Bafana international Percy Tau went AWOL before his transfer to Brighton and Hove Albion in 2018.

Tokelo Rantie is another high-profile name in South Africa that went AWOL after he did not return to training with Sundowns back in 2019.