Since Joan Laporta took office as president of Barcelona, his priority has been to extend his contract with Leo Messi, the symbol of the Blaugrana. Laporta's first idea was for the Argentine to sign a new contract with Barcelona on June 24.
That fell into the water, so Laporta planned for Messi to be his most beautiful birthday present and put his autograph on July 29. His wish did not come true. Until the expiration of the current contract, the days are no longer counted, but the hours.
Leo Messi's contract with Barcelona expires at midnight and he will become a free player on July 1, and it will be difficult to extend the cooperation before Barcelona's "ten" returns from Copa America. Leo Messi promised he will extend his contract with the Catalans according to the formula (1 + 1 year), but it will not be made official until all the details are finished.
There is a consensus on most points, but Barcelona and Leo Messi continue to disagree on issues of a financial nature, which will be specified in the coming days. Or better said, after the return of the Argentine from the Copa America, because Leo Messi wants to be maximally focused on the national team and the conquest of the Green Continent.
The differences are not insurmountable, but the contract is not sealed, and Barcelona will not be calm until the Argentine signs.
In all ways, Joan Laporta tried to speed up the officialization. Not only because Messi's stay at the Nou Camp would attract some more players, but also because the current situation also affects the implementation of sponsorship agreements.
Nike presented the new Blaugrana jersey for the new season a few days ago, but they could not include Leo Messi in the campaign… And sponsorship is not worth the same with and without Messi in the team. "It would help us if Leo said 'yes' as soon as possible.
His signature would contribute to the acceleration of some operations for which we are ready ", said Joan Laporta. Barcelona's will to renew the contract with the Argentine has never been disputable, and Messi's position on that issue has changed in a positive direction since the moment when former president Josep Maria Bartomeu left the club.
However, Leo Messi will probably play the quarterfinal match of the Copa America against Ecuador (July 3) as a free agent, even though he is on the same wavelengths with Joan Laporta and they are close to shaking hands.
After 7,478 days, Barcelona and Leo Messi will not be part of the same team. Temporary. The Argentine signed his first contract with Blaugrana on January 8, 2001, making his debut three years later against Espanyol. The contract that expires at midnight he signed four years ago, and until he puts his autograph back, which would keep him tied to the Nou Camp, Barcelona managment and fans will be nervous.