The famous Spanish “El Chiringuito” program reported that Argentine star Lionel Messi intends to continue with the Barcelona team for two more seasons, until 2023, with the same annual salary.
During the last few hours of this morning, Wednesday, Lionel Messi’s future with Barcelona sparked widespread controversy, after press reports contradicted each other, regarding the fact that he signed the new contracts.
The program indicated that Messi agreed with Barcelona club president, Joan Laporta, on the details of the new contract, and the Catalan team urgently needs to provide financial liquidity for the Argentine contract, which means that he will not make any new deals this summer.
On the other hand, the Spanish radio “Cadena Ser” confirmed that Lionel Messi did not reach any agreement, as he focuses on the Argentine team’s journey in the “Copa America” competition, denying Barcelonas announcement, officially, renewing the contract, tomorrow evening, Thursday, coinciding with his birthday. Messi is 34, and a week before his contract officially expires.
It is noteworthy that Lionel Messi, who started his career with the first team in Barcelona in 2004, and blew up a surprise of the caliber, when he asked the club’s management to allow him to leave for free by activating a clause in his contract that allows him to do so.
But former president Josep Maria Bartomeu refused his request due to the expiration of that condition and insisted that the release clause in his 700 million euro ($824 million) contract be paid to let him leave, which forced the Argentine to stay.