Messi Agrees on New 5-Year Contract With Barcelona
Lionel Messi has decided to stay in Barcelona until 2026, with his salaries reduced to half of what they were previously. The announcement on the incomes of the superstar is contingent on player departures, which will allow ’Barça’ to pay the Argentina captain’s salary.
After his contract, according to which he reportedly earned 143 million euros per season and which was terminated on June 30, a 34-year-old Messi became a free agent.
Break Clause in Contract
He is on vacation after winning the Copa America, and the contract’s finer points have still to be worked out. The deal will include a break clause that will allow Messi to depart the club after two years.
For a variety of reasons, including La Liga’s requirement that the club shed some salary before new players are registered and the player’s own vacation, the announcement could still be a fortnight away.
Winning Copa America Renewes Messi’s Love With ’Barça’
Messi feels very strong after the Copa America and has begun to imagine staying at the club for much longer than he had previously anticipated, which is why he agreed to a five-year contract. He can break the pact after two, but if he is as determined and healthy as he is now, the MLS can wait.
The agreement will not be disclosed right away and could take a few weeks to finalize since attorneys must review it, and La Liga has stated that the club must release wages before he and the other players can be registered.
Messi Linked With Several Clubs Prior to Renewal With Barcelona
Messi had been linked with moves to PSG and Manchester City, where he would be reunited with his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, as well as Major League Soccer in the United States (he had seriously thought of going to play there).
Messi is Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer with 672 goals and has won 10 La Liga crowns, four Champions Leagues (whose new season has started with qualifications and for which top bookmakers set odds), seven Copa del Reys, and a record six Ballon d’Ors.
Laporta Fulfills His First Promise
Re-signing Lionel Messi was the main summer aim of new Barcelona chairman Joan Laporta. The Catalan giants are reportedly considering a swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann and Atlético Madrid midfielder Saúl Ñíguez in order to cut costs.
To free up funds, fringe players like Júnior Firpo, Jean-Clair Todibo, and Carles Aleñá have already been sold, but more big-name exits will be required.