Messi’s Barcelona future
Lionel Messi’s future has been a major talking point in the world of football for some time now.
Following Barcelona’s hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League last season, Messi attempted to depart the Camp Nou via a clause in his contract.
However, after months of back and forth, the Argentine eventually opted to stay put for 2020/21.
But, despite having seen out the campaign with Barca, Messi’s future beyond the summer remains unclear at present.
This comes with the Argentine’s contract at the Camp Nou having now expired.
Reports at the end of April claimed that Messi was set to stay put, after positive talks between the club and his father.
However, little more information was forthcoming in the following months, Messi’s previous deal at the Camp Nou then expired on July 1st , leaving the Argentinian maestro as a free agent.
Messi & Barca reach agreement over new deal
President Joan Laporta said that the club’s financial situation had caused the delay in agreeing another deal with Messi, though he seemed confident of getting a deal done at the time.
“We want him to stay and Leo wants to stay, it is all going well. We still have to deal with the issue of financial fair play. We are in the process of finding the best solution for both parties.”
This was then followed by reports that Barca could not register Messi or any of their new signings as they had exceeded the wage limits of La Liga.
Now though, ESPN have reported that Messi and Barcelona have reached an agreement over a new five-year deal.
It is understood that Messi has accepted a significant wage reduction to prolong his stay at the Camp Nou. An official announcement is expected in the coming days:
— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) July 14, 2021
This article was edited by Ben Browning.