It is very good news for FC Barcelona. The decks have been cleared for Lionel Messi to continue his storied career at Camp Nou. All this happened after La Liga reportedly approved his registration for the 2021-22 season.
The club president Joan Laporta and Lionel Messi’s father Jorge Messi (who acts as Leo’s agent as well) have reached an agreement that will be officially approved in the coming days.
However, considering Messi’s astronomical contract with the club and the need to comply with the financial regulations. Barcelona could see the exit of several of its high-paying footballers as part of the guarantee it has given to La Liga instead of keeping Messi. Also, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers to have played the game.
What is the current situation:
While there have been speculations over the Argentine’s future at the club. Messi himself was focused on the recently concluded Copa America where he realized a long-cherished dream of winning a major international trophy with his country.
Argentina defeated Brazil 1-0 in the final on Saturday night (Sunday morning in India) at the Rio Stadium. It helped them to lift the continental trophy for a record-equaling 15th time.
Messi has heavily linked to a move with Premier League’s Manchester City and Ligue 1’s Paris Saint-Germain since 2020. Then he is in a stunning turn of events, handed a transfer request before making a U-turn.
His contract with Barcelona came to an end earlier this month and officially, the 34-year-old is a free agent as of now.
Meanwhile, according to reports, Messi has been losing a whopping 1,00,000 euros a day since his contract with Barcelona expired. He used to earn 138.9 million euros gross per season with the Spanish club.
Laporta had recently said the club is confident of keeping their prized possession. “We are confident because he wants to stay,” he had said.