Barcelona legend Lionel Messi became a free agent last week after his monstrous contract with the La Liga giants expired. Unfortunately, the club is heavily in debt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are making it a priority to re-sign the Argentine.
Barcelona is still in the same position: Leo Messi will stay and sign a new contract until June 2023 in the coming days, following the Copa America. There was never any doubt that Messi would return to the Camp Nou; it’s just a matter of whether they have enough money to keep him happy.
Barcelona is working hard to offload some of their first-team players in order to give Messi his desired salary, but he will almost certainly have to take a pay cut. After all, the Argentina international was earning far more than 100 million euros per year.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta recently addressed Messi’s future in the midst of the club’s financial difficulties. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is preparing for Argentina’s Copa America final against Brazil on Saturday night, which will be a true heavyweight clash. He will then return to Barcelona, where he hopes to reach an agreement.