Lionel Messi is officially a player free of any contract this Thursday. Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona, is quiet about the extension of his player but can not yet say that he remains.
It is a very symbolic event: Lionel Messi, sometimes considered the best player of all time, officially no longer has a club. His contract with FC Barcelona ended at midnight on Wednesday and the Argentine is therefore free. An undesirable situation for his club of always which continues the negotiations to extend the contract of its star. Joan Laporta, Catalan president, said he was “quiet” on the subject, without however being able to announce the continuation of the adventure of the six-fold Golden Ball.
“We are doing well, he told Onda Cero radio station. We must integrate it (the extension, editor’s note) into financial fair play. We want him to stay and he is delighted to stay. I wish I could tell you that Leo is staying but I can’t tell yet. We are in the process of finding the solution. “
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Messi is currently signed with Argentina in the Copa America. He has become the most capped player in the history of the selection and is preparing to play the quarter-final against Ecuador on the night of Saturday to Sunday. He will do it in the shoes of a player without a club, if he does not extend by then. In recent days, the Catalan press confided not to be able to give a date for the officialization of the extension of the 34-year-old player. In recent weeks, some media have claimed that an agreement has been reached. But that is not the case.
Last summer, the native of Rosario had pushed to leave the club against the backdrop of a big disagreement with the former president, Josep Bartomeu. He finally stayed out of loyalty and not to start an arm wrestling with the club he joined as a child. The election of Laporta in March was a game-changer since the president made it a priority to keep him. He has not yet achieved his goal.