Lionel Messi is entering the last seven days of his contract with Barcelona and there is still no indication that he will be extending his stint at the club.

The Argentine attacker had a public argument with former President Josep Bartomeu last summer, with the latter leaving the club.

Lionel Messi decided not to initiate a lawsuit against the club and stayed to perform the remainder of his contract.

Last year Messi has been linked with several clubs like PSG and Manchester City but various reports claim the Argentine will stay at Barcelona.

Messi was reportedly offered a two-year deal worth a total of € 50m and a 10-year contract as the club’s ambassador, which would pay him up to € 10m a year.

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Lionel Messi’s entourage confirms that he has not made a decision about his future in Barcelona

Lionel Messi’s representatives have said it Marca The Argentine has not yet made a decision about it is the future and has yet to receive an offer from the club.

Despite Messi’s contract situation at the club, the Argentine’s performance last season was impeccable. Messi’s goals put Barcelona in the top three of La Liga and helped them win the Copa Del Rey.

Lionel Messi’s massive wages are a problem for Barcelona, ​​which are not in a good financial position. The recent transfer deal and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic have put a strain on their coffers.

The club already signed some players on free transfers this summer and that could help them keep Messi at the club.

Performance on the pitch improved under Ronald Koeman last season as Barcelona played with a fixture list. That could convince Messi that the club at least know what they’re doing on the pitch.

Should Lionel Messi refuse a contract extension, Manchester City and PSG will try to sign the player. Not many clubs can afford the Argentine star’s salaries, so the wealthy petro-clubs have the chance to snatch arguably the best player of this generation on a free transfer.

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