Lionel Messi / Image: REUTERS
According to the Catalan sports newspaper “Esportiu”, FC Barcelona are planning to announce a new contract with soccer superstar Lionel Messi this week. However, the paper restricted on Wednesday: If there were no setbacks. In principle, the club and the 34-year-old Argentinean should agree. It should therefore be a five-year contract – Messi would be 39 years old at the end of the contract. The sheet did not name a source for this.
There were initially no confirmations from other parties either, but ESPN also reported on a new five-year contract. Messi, who has played for the club since he was 13, will also accept substantial wage cuts on his new contract, according to the Esportiu report. In addition, there should be an exit clause of 600 million euros. In his contract, which expired on June 30, there was a corresponding clause for 700 million euros.
The agreement is said to have been reached on Monday by Messi's father, who also manages him, and the representatives of FC Barcelona. Messi himself would have to agree to this. He won his first major title with the Argentine national team last Sunday and triumphed in the Copa America final over hosts Brazil with his former Barça team-mate Neymar.
Messi wanted to leave Barcelona in the summer of last year, among other things after a few indiscretions and sporting low blows. This failed because of the exit clause and the veto of the then president. By the end of his last contract with the club, both sides had not been able to agree on an extension. In addition, there had recently been discussions on how a new contract for Messi could fit in with the rules on financial fair play in Spain. With 35 titles, 672 goals and 778 games, Messi has already made history at Barca.