At the end of the contract in June 2021, Lionel Messi has a clause allowing him to leave FC Barcelona free at the end of this season. Hard to imagine for Josep Maria Bartomeu, who sees the "Pulga" stay in Catalonia all the life.
A few months ago, the Spanish press released a small bomb. Lionel Messi would have the opportunity to lift a clause in his contract allowing him to leave free Barcelona next June, while the Argentine is linked to the Catalan club until 2021. A decision he could make without the consent of its leaders. In the wake of these revelations, the fivefold Golden Ball was then released from his silence to reassure the Blaugranas fans. "I do not want to leave here, I do not have the idea to leave Barcelona I have the dream to play Newell's in Argentina, but I do not know if it's possible I have a family and she passes before my desires "had explained a Messi master of his destiny.
It is now the turn of Josep Maria Bartomeu to try to remove doubts about the future of the player. "Messi's contract ends in 2021. But the will of all parties will certainly, if he feels strong and ambitious, extend his contract indefinitely"assured the Catalan president in an interview with The Associated Press. "In the next two or three seasons, our key player will continue to be Messi", he added, before also remembering that there will be a life without the Rosario native. "But it is true that there are other young players coming in. Players coming from abroad, but also players from our academy, the Masia".
And yes, the Argentine genius is not eternal. Thus, the leaders of Barcelona already ensure their backs. "We are preparing for the post Messi era and we are happy about itsaid Bartomeu. If the end inevitably approaches, the 32-year-old striker will be perpetually associated with FC Barcelona, even after stopping his career as a professional player. "I always make a comparison with Pele." Pele was the man of one club (Santos in Brazil, ed). I have no doubt that once Messi finishes his football career, he will remain linked to this club for the rest of his life. "