From midnight tonight, Messi is no longer a Barcelona player.
The Argentine’s contract with the Catalan club has expired. He was 21 years old at the time and he currently does not have a club. At least in form, because the Catalan media assured skeptical Barcelona fans that Messi’s signing of the new contract was only a few days away.
“Relax with Messi” is the cover headline of the Catalan newspaper “Sports”, together with a photo of Messi and Joan Laporte shaking hands, announcing that the Barcelona chairman believes everything will be fine.
Messi is currently in the America’s Cup. He will face Ecuador in the quarter-finals. He hopes that this year will finally be the year that Argentina can go all the way. With him is Sergio Aguero. According to Spanish media reports, he is persuading him to stay in Barcelona every day, which is increasingly certain.
But Messi can formally negotiate with other clubs. Last summer, after a dispute with the management at the time, the Argentine was preparing to leave Barcelona. The media said he had left Manchester City with Guardiola as a deal.
At the end of the story, Messi’s contract with Barcelona was extended for another year, but now the story of his departure has been updated. Barcelona fans may be worried that Messi has been negotiating with the club since April. They held more than a dozen meetings, but did not sign a new contract.
At present, few clubs in the world can provide Messi with a salary close to his so far in Barcelona. If Barcelona keep Messi, they will have to save about 150 million euros to maintain the finances of the new season.
Only Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain can pay for Messi. However, according to the bookmaker, his biggest chance of signing is in Barcelona, followed by Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. Recently, there was a story that Messi could transfer to Major League Soccer, to Beckham’s International Miami. According to reports, the Argentines are not opposed to going to the United States, but only after the World Cup in Qatar next year.
In front of Barcelona fans, these are uncertain days. We ask you: