The future of Messi, whose contract with Barcelona ends

Madrid — Lionel Messi’s deal with Barcelona ends Wednesday and there is no news from players or clubs about his future.

Messi, 34, who is playing against Argentina in Copa America, is expected to stay in a Catalan club. He was reportedly approaching a contract to extend the contract for another two years.

Messi’s future has been a mystery since his request to leave the club at the end of the 2019-20 season was denied. He eventually stayed and said he would reconsider his options at the end of the season.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi, 10, scored his third goal with his teammate Sergio Aguero in a Copa American football match against Bolivia on June 28, 2021 at the Arena Pantanal Stadium in Cuiabá, Brazil. To celebrate. (Bruna Prado / AP photo)

There have been many changes since he announced that he wanted to leave the club. The decision was made shortly after the team lost to Bayern Munich 8-2 ​​in the Champions League quarterfinals, one of the worst defeats in club and Messi history. But since then, Barcelona has welcomed a new coach and new president to Ronald Koeman after the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu, who was in conflict with Messi.

Joan Laporta, who won the club’s presidential election, has arrived, partly because of his good relationship with the Argentine star. He was president when Messi’s career began. Laporta recently said he was optimistic that Messi would renew his contract. When asked about Messi’s future on Wednesday, he simply said, “Don’t worry.”

Messi was good again this season, despite his disappointment. He led the Spanish league with 30 goals and helped the team win the Copa del Rey title.

Messi’s previous contract, signed in 2017, reportedly earned € 138 million ($ 164 million) each season.

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On September 27, 2014, FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi will compete with Granda CF’s Juan Perez Perez in the match between FC Barcelona and Granada CF’s Liga at Camp Nou, Spain. (DavidRamos / Getty Images)

Playing in Barcelona’s favor to maintain Messi is the fact that the club is slowly improving financially during the coronavirus pandemic. Koeman is staying in the second season and some players such as Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia have arrived to support the team.

Messi has won 35 titles in 17 seasons in Barcelona. He helped the club win the Champions League four times, the Spanish League ten times, the Copa del Rey seven times and the Spanish Super Cup eight times.

While in the club, Messi won himself six record-breaking Ballon d’Or awards. He is the team’s highest scorer in history, scoring 672 goals in 778 games, and the top scorer in the Spanish league, scoring 474 goals in 520 games. He is also the player with the most matches with the club.

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Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi celebrates the trophy at the end of the UEFA Champions League final football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester United on May 28, 2011 at Wembley Stadium in London. (Carl De Souza / AFP / Getty Images)

He was the top scorer in the Spanish League for eight seasons and the top scorer in the Champions League six times. His 26 goals against Real Madrid are a record of a “Classico” match against Barcelona’s most fierce rivals.

Messi arrived in Barcelona at the age of 13, and he and his family came to Spain to try their luck at the club’s youth academy. He made his official debut on October 16, 2004, and two years later he helped the club win the first Champions League with a team led by Ronaldinho.

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