The Real Madrid squad were reportedly left stunned when they discovered that Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona this summer.
On Tuesday evening, it was revealed that the Argentine was bidding to end his long-term association with the Catalan giants, preferably on a free transfer.
While a number of clubs have been linked with the superstar, speculation persists regarding a likely switch to Manchester City.
Having been long-term rivals to Messi and Barca, ESPN claims that many Los Blancos players were left "incredulous" when hearing about the developments.
The report acknowledges that many Whatsapp messages were sent between the Real squad as they reacted to the possibility of the player departing Camp Nou.
Despite contributing 25 goals and 21 assists in La Liga last season, Messi was unable to stop Real from winning the title.