Messi has returned to Barcelona and his contract with FC Barcelona is expected to be finalized. The Argentine star has been a free agent since July 1, and with the La Liga season opener approaching, fans are becoming more and more anxious about the situation.
Last week, Messi returned to Spain after a successful Copa America campaign with Argentina. He enjoyed a short vacation in Miami and the Dominican Republic before returning to Europe. On his arrival, he took another short break with his family and former Barcelona teammates Luis Suarez and Cesc Fabregas on the Spanish party Island of Ibiza.
Now that most European players have rejoined their clubs for pre-season training, Messi has also returned to Barcelona and according to Marca, the club are confident they will sign their new contract in a few hours.
Previous reports have claimed that Messi has already agreed to an extension of his contract, which includes a massive 50% pay cut. However, the agreement has not been signed and has not been ratified due to the financial crisis of Blograna.
The problem is that even if clubs and players come to an agreement, they will not be allowed to register Messi unless they meet the salary threshold, as per the rules of the La Liga Santander Financial Festival. According to
Barcelona had asked La Liga to soften Messi’s situation, which was later rejected by the league. However, the club is hoping that Messi will be put on paper so that he can eventually return to training.
Meanwhile, the club will continue to work behind the scenes to reduce the wage bill and accommodate Macy’s. They don’t have much luck in this field, they only manage to sell edge players and fail to offload their earners.
Messi is expected to be tied up with Catalan lunatics for another five years, possibly as ambassador in later years.