BARCELONA – Lionel Messi ends his contract with Barcelona this Thursday without, for the moment, the club having managed, as was its intention, to announce the renewal, even though it is stated from the Camp Nou that the agreement between the two parties is settled in as for the general terms and only small details remain to be closed to make its continuity official.
Moving away from any sign of alarm that could cause it to close on June 30 without the signing of the crack, Barça maintains that the announcement will arrive, although it did not occur when President Joan Laporta wanted, who put three dates on the table as ideals: June 20 when the assembly was held; on June 24, when Messi celebrated his 34th birthday or on June 29, when the president himself celebrated his 59th birthday.
From the field of the Argentine player, caution, and a certain point of coldness, remains on the plane. Since at the beginning of June from Barça it was considered that Leo’s permanence in the club was a fact, the contacts have followed one another, with Joan Laporta and Jorge Messi in the foreground, in a climate of cordiality but, without specifying a document that the club has ready for the signature without ever being produced.
Without knowing in detail what are those fringes that would be missing to consummate Messi’s continuity, which as of July 1 is understood to no longer be a renewal but rather a signing of a contract with a free player, it is understood that the fiscal aspects of This new relationship, which would go beyond the next two seasons in which Leo will play in the Barça team, has an important weight, since the footballer, who would defer the payment in the following years, needs to be sure that this will not cause In the future, no problem with the Spanish Treasury like the one it already suffered in the past.
In addition, Barcelona, under the close surveillance of LaLiga, must reduce the salary mass of the squad and in it has to fit the salary of its captain, who despite being reduced ostensibly will continue to be, logically, the highest in the dressing room. Club executives held several meetings with LaLiga representatives in this regard in recent days, as revealed by its president Javier Tebas, in search of solving the issue.
The president of Barça revealed at the time that the economic issue would not have a conclusive weight in the agreement and that Leo prioritized above all a sports project in accordance with his ambitions, as well as institutional stability and, of course, feeling supported from the club, something that he missed in the recent past to the point that his enmity with former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, whom he accused of repeatedly lying to him, caused in August 2020 to announce his desire to leave the club.