Lionel Messi’s presence or absence will go a long way to determining what Barcelona can do in 2021/22. But days and weeks keep going by without the club sending an offer of a renewal to their captain.
Conversations have been had, but the Argentine International is yet to receive an offer that he can look over and decide upon. All with just 21 days to go before he becomes a free agent.
Joan Laporta is clear about the offer he wants to make to Messi, and he has been for weeks. He wants to offer a two-year renewal with a 50 million euro gross salary per year – which is around half of his current pay. Then, there would be a 10-year offer for Messi to take up an ambassadorial role for the club, which would see him earn ten million euros.
The president has explained some of these terms to Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, but nothing has been set in stone.
With three weeks left, Messi’s contract is no closer to being signed.
The sporting project
In addition to the economic side of the offer, Messi wants to see Barcelona build a team that can compete and win LaLiga Santander and the Champions League. As of now, that hasn’t happened.
The Catalans have signed Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Emerson, and Memphis Depay is expected to follow. It should be said, though, that Georginio Wijnaldum was also part of the plans.