A sensational news is coming from Spain, precisely through the famous radio broadcast El Larguero: Lionel Messi has suspended the negotiation for the renewal of the contract with FC Barcelona and next year, when his contract will expire, he will leave the noble club Spanish.
But the situation could be much more complex. Leonel Messi could leave for free already now, but he should have informed Barcelona before the end of May, one month from June 30 when the country was still in lockdown. Messi earns an astronomical figure: more than 100 million € gross per year.
So the deadline has passed and in many parts of Spain there has been talk of contacts between the Messi family and the Barcelona management to extend the contract, which expires in June 2021. In the meantime, La Liga has restarted and Barcelona, which led the tournament with 2 points ahead of Real Madrid's rivals, has now been overtaken by the 13-times-UEFA Champions League-winner, and it is behind the Blancos by 4 points.
La Liga is practically lost. Now there is a party game that is leading to very tough confrontations among the players, the management and the staff of manager Quique Setién.
Will Lionel Messi leave FC Barcelona or is it just a strategy?
Relationships are tense with the technical staff and, especially with Setién.
Perhaps, however, it is improbable that Messi will not renew his contract, because in 2021 he will be 34 years old and because the leadership led by the chairman Bartomeu will arrive at the end of his term in a year. Messi could therefore renew with Barcelona, also forcing the manager Quique Setién to leave the leadership of the club.
Everyone knows that Barcelona's oldest and most famous players do not adore the manager's technical and tactical schemes. Above all, they did not digest the transfer of midfielder Arthur Melo to Juvents FC in exchange for the other midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
There are also controversies between Setién and the French star Antoine Griezmann. The risk for Barcelona is to lose two stars like Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann in one year. Lionel Messi won 6 times the Ballon d'Or.
With Barcelona he won 4 UEFA Champions League, 3 UEFA Supercup, 3 FIFA World Championships, 10 La Liga, 8 Spanish Supercup, 6 Spanish Cup and the Olympic Gold medal at Beijing 2008 with Argentina. He also played the 2014 FIFA World Cup final in Brazil, but he Argentina lost against Germany.