Lionel Messi has been a free agent for two weeks, but few doubted that he would sign a new contract with Barcelona. Spanish Sport often knows how to drop bombs, and now they are the first to honor us with the information that Barça and Messi have reached an agreement to order cooperation.
It is known that the contract, instead of the two-year one that was initially mentioned, will be signed for five seasons and that the Argentine accepted a 50 percent reduction in the salary, which officially amounts to 48,000,000, unusually around 70,000,000 euros.
It was rumored that in two years, Messi could embark on a new adventure in, say, Inter from Miami, but such a contract smells like the end of his career in his beloved Barcelona. Money, ie financial conditions and the amount of salary have never been a problem in the negotiations, and Messi confirmed that by accepting half of the salary.
So he wanted to send a captain's example to his teammates. The official confirmation of this news is expected by the end of this week, and it would be a real miracle for the agreement to fail. Now it is the turn of lawyers and legal teams to deal with all the accompanying details.
Spanish media assure that the agreement stands on solid feet and that the agreement, when it is ready, will pass Messi's authorization, but that extending is practically resolved. There will also be an exit clause agreed at 600,000,000 euros.
From the start of the transfer window, Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay, and Messi's godfather Sergio Aguero arrived in Barcelona as free players. Emerson Royal arrived for 9,000,000 euros. It is possible for Saul Niguez to leave Atletico Madrid and to go to Barcelona, and Antoine Griezmann in the opposite direction.
But none of that fills even the per mille of satisfaction that Barcelona fans feel today. The biggest one stays in his house. This will mean that all the rumors that existed about Messi and his contract with City or PSG were incorrect and that Messi was focused only on Barcelona.
Given that Aguero is in Barcelona, his good friend, and many other factors, this scenario was realistic and the question is what Barcelona will look like next season Surely with reinforcements like this they should look a lot better than they have been so far, especially in the previous two seasons