According to Mundo Deportivo, Lionel Messi has still not made a decision about his future. The Barca striker, whose contract expires in June, would wait to hear about President Joan Laporta’s proposal, before agreeing to a possible extension. At almost 34 years old, the Argentine star wants to win a new Champions League.
Less than three months. The contract between Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona will end on June 30. A week after his 34th birthday. And according to Mundo Deportivo, the Argentina striker has still not made a decision about his future. Will he leave his training club, sixteen and a half years after his professional debut? Or will he be tempted by a new challenge? This is the question that agitates the world of football, far beyond Catalonia.
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Messi wants to win the Champions League again
After his new election at the head of Barça, Joan Laporta announced that he wanted to keep the Camp Nou idol. During his campaign, the 58-year-old leader even claimed to be the only one who could achieve this. Now he has to prove it. His close relationship with Messi is a definite advantage. But smiles and hugs won’t be enough to hold back the six-time Ballon d’Or, who officially requested his departure last summer. Before being blocked by Josep Maria Bartomeu.
La Pulga would now wait for sporting guarantees before sealing their fate with that of the Blaugrana club. Tired of the recent humiliations in the Champions League, the man with 663 goals in 768 games with Barça would again like to play in a competitive European scene. With the ambition of winning a fifth C1 (after 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015). For now, Laporta has not yet sent him his offer of extension, even if the two men have already exchanged orally. This should be the case in the coming weeks.
Messi would wait to see the content of this proposal. With in particular the contours of the next mercatos. That would be the priority for the Argentina international, who knows his career will not be extendable. And who believes that the current Barça needs reinforcements, despite the presence of young talents like Ansu Fati, Pedri or Ilaix Moriba.
Aware of the very difficult economic situation of his club, Messi expects to be subjected to a salary cut. This could be smoothed over time, through a long-term contract which would include a retraining within the Catalan institution. Mundo Deportivo make it clear that Barca’s board are said to be optimistic about the prospect of convincing Messi to stay. The latter would for the moment be in expectation. While waiting to see more clearly.