Messi’s contract renewal progresses well: Joan
Posted On July 13, 2021
Barcelona [Spain], July 13 (ANI): Negotiations over a new contract with Lionel Messi “are progressing satisfactorily,” FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta said, as the Catalan side still hope to match the 34-year-old’s salary .
Lionel Messi became a free agent on July 1 after his contract with FCB expired, but the club have still not given up on giving him a two-year contract. Notably, Messi’s latest contract was worth more than € 500million over four years, including signing fees, bonuses and his weekly salary.
Asked for an update on the discussions during the presentation of Mago Pop’s show “Nothing is impossible,” Laporta told reporters, according to Goal.com: “[Messi’s renewal] is progressing adequately. “Recently, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner not only ended Argentina’s 28-year wait but also his personal duck to win an international Copa America trophy in Maracana against Brazil. Lionel Messi has had a brilliant 2021 Copa America with four goals and five assists under his belt. Although Colombian Luis Diaz also scored four goals, Messi recorded more assists and was named the Golden Boot winner.
“All Catalans, Barcelona, Catalonia and everyone in football are happy because Leo won the Copa America. It’s very exciting to see the best player in football history getting excited about winning a title like this one and it made us all cry for joy, ”said Laporte.
“He is very happy, we are all happy, I am happy for Leo who succeeded [to win the Copa America], with his teammates, and that Argentina is once again in the top flight, and [I am] therefore [happy] for [Sergio] Agüero. I’m happy for Messi’s family, for Argentina, for Barcelona who are recognized, admired and loved for having this connection with Leo. “Regarding the Messi contract saga, last week La Liga president Javier Tebas said it would be impossible for FC Barcelona to match Lionel Messi’s salary given that the club are currently going through a difficult financial situation.
The Camp Nou side are unable to register any of the players they signed this summer due to the club’s salary cap preventing them from confirming a deal for Messi, according to Goal.com. Barca’s salary cap before the pandemic exceeded € 600m and it has fallen to € 347m this year. (ANI)