Lionel Messi Transfer News and Contract: Has Messi Contract Expired?
The Argentine footballer Lionel Messi is considered the best or one of the best footballers in the world. No doubt about the above statement because he is a six-time Ballon d'Or winner and a six-time Golden Boot winner. Messi started his football career from the Spanish club Barcelona and has been playing for the club since the beginning of his professional career. It is there, where he began showcasing his skills and talent and later went on to become one of the best footballers of all time. With Barcelona, he has won 34 trophies including ten La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles, and 4 UEFA Champions League titles. However, Messi has been unsuccessful in terms of winning an international trophy for his country, Argentina. He led Argentina to three Copa American finals and one World Cup finals in 2014 but he failed to deliver Argentina an international trophy during his career. Messi has already scored over 750 goals for club and country.
Lionel Messi Transfer News
Following the end of the 2019-20 season, Barcelona legend Lionel Messi desired his express to leave the club. His desire to leave the club came due to his dissatisfaction with the club's board. He had sent multiple applications to the club's board as well. However, his buyout clause of €700 million was huge for any clubs to pursue Messi. Any club that wanted to sign Messi had to pay €700 million or wait one more year until Messi's contract ends.
Messi's contract at Barcelona ended at the end of June in 2021. Barcelona and Messi fans have to wait for either Messi to sign a new contract with the club or he pursues a new club. It is likely that Messi will eventually choose to remain at the club where he has spent his entire professional career. It won't be surprising news if he signs a new contract with Barcelona. Barcelona and Messi fans are looking forward to the day of the announcement of Messi's new contract signing with the club.
Has Lionel Messi's Barcelona contract expired?
Yes, it is true, the Argentine legend Lionel Messi is a free agent now. His contract at Barcelona concluded at the end of June 2021 while Messi is on international duty. He is currently representing Argentina in Copa America. He is expected to sign a new contract with the club. During Copa America 2021, he surpassed Javier Mascherano to become Argentina's most-capped player of all time.
Messi's last contract with Barcelona was signed in 2017. He had signed a contract extension with the club in November 2017 that would keep him at the club through the 2020-21 season. His buyout clause was set at €700 million. His contract details were leaked in January 2021 which shows he had a four year-contract extension that gross €555,237, 619 million that includes a fixed salary, image rights, and various bonuses. He was given €115,225,000 as a renewal fee and €77,929, 955 as a loyalty bonus. Messi was earning a fixed salary of €138 million per season, according to his last contract with Barcelona.