Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele of FC Barcelona during the match against Sevilla on February 23, 2019
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Lionel Messi has reached a verbal agreement to extend the five-year contract in Barcelona, and his salary will be reduced by 50% under the terms of the New Deal.
Ballon d’Or’s six-time winner was officially a free agent as of July 1, as he did not agree to the terms of renewal before his previous Barcelona contract expired on June 30.
At the beginning of July, Messi led Argentina In the title of Copa America Winning 1-0 in the final against host Brazil put an end to waiting for the first major international trophy.
At the age of 34, he now agreed to stay in his boyhood club for another five years. That is, he will be 39 years old by the time his new contract expires. That means a total of 26 years for club books.
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When Messi officially notified the club in August last year that the terms of the contract would be valid, he caused a tough transfer line that he would have seen leaving for free.
However, Riga’s president Javier Tebas and Josep Maria Bartomeu (then president of Barcelona) blocked the move, and the clause was valid only until June 10, with suitors releasing € 700 million. Showed that you have to pay the full amount.
“I was confident that I would be a free agent,” Messi said. goal..
“The president has always told me that I can decide whether to stay or go at the end of the season, and they are now sticking to the fact that I didn’t say anything by June 10. The Riga season is still going on and we are in the midst of this virus and this disease, changing the entire fixture calendar.
“That’s why I stay in the club. I’m staying now because the president told me that the only way I could leave was to pay a liberation clause of € 700 million. Is possible.”
Bartomeu continued Resigned in October, Messi wanted to decide his future after hearing the plans of his successor Joan Laporta.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are front running clubs interested in contracting with him. Messi also wants to play in MLS someday.