Lionel Messi's contract ends at Barcelona as world's highest-paid footballer officially becomes a free agent

Lionel Messi's contract ends at Barcelona as world's highest-paid footballer officially becomes a free agent

It will be interesting to see how Barcelona ends up meeting Messi's demands

Is there really no way back for Lionel Messi from here? One of the greatest players in the history of the beautiful game, Barcelona captain and Argentine legend Lionel Messi is without a contract in 2021. Yes, Messi has officially become a free agent as his Barcelona contract expired on Wednesday (June 30). At a time when the Argentina captain is busy leading the La Albiceleste from the front in the 2021 edition of the Copa America tournament, Barcelona's upper echelons are leaving no stone unturned in securing a multi-million deal with the representatives of the club legend.

While Messi's contract with Barcelona has come to an end, the La Liga giants have remained tight-lipped about re-signing the legendary football at Camp Nou. If Barcelona are unable to provide the magical number to Messi and Co. then the Argentine icon can join forces with any footballing superpower of his choice next season for free. Can Barcelona really afford Messi leaving the monumental Camp Nou for free amid the financial crisis?

A lot has happened after Messi's shocking transfer request

Barcelona were shell-shocked when Messi had expressed his desire to leave the club at the end of the 2019-20 season. However, Barcelona ended up securing the services of Messi for the 2020-21 season in the wake of the transfer fiasco. A lot has changed since Barcelona suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. Joan Laporta won the Barcelona presidential election and Barca also appointed club legend Ronald Koeman as the new head coach.

Why Messi becoming a free agent complicates everything

Despite all these positives, Barcelona have failed to secure Messi's signature for a contract extension and the Argentine icon becoming a free agent in the transfer window is a worrying sign for the La Liga giants. Barcelona are tasked to reduce their spending on lucrative wages as the club continues to fight their growing financial problems amid the pandemic. Barcelona have already signed Sergio Aguero, and Memphis Depay. The two superstars are bound to collect lucrative wages next season.

More questions than answers

It will be interesting to see how Barcelona ends up meeting Messi's demands and creating a title-winning team around the club captain for the upcoming season. For the record, Messi is the current highest-paid footballer after making annual earnings of $130 million. Barcelona are yet to part ways with some household names amid these testing times.

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More questions than answers

It will be interesting to see how Barcelona ends up meeting Messi's demands and creating a title-winning team around the club captain for the upcoming season. For the record, Messi is the current highest-paid footballer after making annual earnings of $130 million. Barcelona are yet to part ways with some household names amid these testing times.

If Barca are eyeing re-signing Messi then the Argentina captain will have to get registered with La Liga as a brand new signing prior to the start of the new season. Messi's previously known contract with Barcelona was worth more than €500 million for a period of four years.

Have Barcelona lost the plot or the club is only busy putting up the finishing touches to another bumper contract? Only time will tell.

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