While football fans are resting from the high-intensity football activities of the ongoing Euro 2020 and the Copa America, much more drama awaits them this Wednesday. It can be said that the best player in the world, if not the greatest of all time, more than two decades of Lionel Messi’s affair with FC Barcelona can end unceremoniously, as in his current contract there are less than 24 hours and expires this midnight (Central European Time).
Official Barça players on 8 January 2001 mean that Messi has been a solid Barça player for 7478 days and will be a fresh start tomorrow.
Although Barcelona president Joan Laporta has had a contract to be signed by Messi for weeks, the lack of clarity on progress on both sides seems to mean that last year’s fiasco between the club and the superstar probably burned all the bridges.
A controversial dispute with the club saw Messi express his resentment against then-Barça president Josep Bartomeu over broken promises given to him and he had no thoughts of leaving the club just to be forced to stay.
While in the past it was read that Messi wanted a new racing challenge elsewhere, the club’s huge debts, which escalated due to a pandemic, also did not help the cause. It is no secret that the proposed new contract cannot correspond to his current income deal, which costs the club over 100 million euros a year.
In fact, Laporta also publicly admitted that he could not afford Messi’s current salaries. Instead, the club tried to compensate by providing a long-term relationship with the player, where he would receive remuneration from the club, even after his retirement in the following years.
However, as Gulf-backed clubs such as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain offer offers that not only match his current pay, but exceed it, it must be tempting and challenging for a player who will not mind A new challenge in his career is often called one-dimensional to succeed on the path of Barça.
And without major titles (the only success of the Copa Del Rey), using the tried and tested formula of the Catalans in the last two seasons, gives Messi more reason to leave the club with money.
In fact, he himself has not given fans confidence in his future. Messi’s last statement about his transfer came in December last year, when he said he did not want to talk about his future until the end of the season, but kept his mother on the issue at all the Copa America press conferences he attended; not to forget that his face is missing at the start of the set for the 2021-22 season of Barcelona.
However, all hopes are not lost for Barça fans, as his father Jorge Messi met with Laporte at lunch in mid-April and this suggests that a lot can happen behind the scenes and most importantly, do not forget the connection and love he shares with the club’s millions of fans