The 34-year-old’s contract was terminated when June came to an end, allowing him to join any other club if he preferred
Lionel Messi became a free agent after the Barcelona star’s contract expired at the end of June.
Although Barcelona were hopeful of signing Messi before the June 30 deadline for a renewal, the 34-year-old has now been officially released.
Barcelona still believe that Messi will eventually sign a new deal, but his status as a free agent will cause concern among fans and management of the club.
What is the status of contract negotiations?
The two parties remain in constant conversation, with Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona, with Jorge Messi, the father and agent of the player.
However, an agreement is still elusive due to the complex nature of Messi’s demands and Barca’s uncertain financial situation.
Purpose learned that both parties are still discussing economic and tax-related issues regarding Messi’s contract, as well as the player’s image rights.
In addition to financial considerations, Messi is looking for assurances that the club can build a competitive team around him in the near future.
Barcelona won the Copa del Rey in 2020-21, but missed their two biggest goals – La Liga and the Champions League.
Messi’s contract status
Messi becomes a free agent and adds a new complexity to the situation. If Barcelona sign the player again, he must be registered with La Liga as a new signing.
As a new signing, Barcelona need to find a creative solution to fit Messi into the framework of La Liga’s financial regulations.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has already warned Barca that they must lower their wages, otherwise they will not be able to register Messi before the 2021-22 season.
What happens next?
Barcelona remain confident that Messi will sign a new contract, but the Argentine becoming a free agent is still a worrying development.
Messi is currently with Argentina at the Copa America, where the Albiceleste will face Ecuador in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Purpose understand that Messi is calm and focused on his national team, rather than on his contract.