Published:5 July 2021
Lionel Messi is now a free agent after a 20-year association with FC Barcelona. On June 30, 2021, his contract officially expired. The Catalan giants have failed to strike an agreement with the 33-year-old on a new contract this summer.
One of the most discussed topics of this summer is Lionel Messi's contract. Despite Barcelona president Joan Laporta stating his optimism in extending Messi's warranty, the club has yet to deliver a proposal to Messi and his representatives by July 1.
Lionel Messi is now free to speak to any team and sign a free transfer agreement with them. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are two of the few clubs with realistic chances of signing the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.
According to the BBC, Lionel Messi's contract negotiations with Barcelona are still underway. Despite attention from other countries, Messi may decide to stay in Spain. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, is currently a free agent.
Barcelona must act soon to offer Lionel Messi a new contract. Due to Messi's status as a free agent, clubs around Europe will have the right to speak with his representative about a possible move.
Barcelona will be compelled to lower their salary cost to balance their budget, despite their intention to award Messi a new contract. To fulfil the Financial Fair Play rules, Barcelona will have to cut its pay budget by €200 million.
According to sources, Barcelona wants to offer Lionel Messi a new two-year contract to keep him until the summer of 2023. Before returning to Barcelona as a board member, Messi indicated an interest in playing for an MLS team.
Despite interest from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi is sure to remain a Barcelona player next season.