Sports 01/07/2021

Leo Messi is officially without a team

The Argentinian, who has yet to renew his contract with Barça, was due to finish on 30 June

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Messi is playing the Copa America with Argentina.

BarcelonaAt 00.00 today Leo Messi's contract with Barça has formally expired. In other words, the Argentine striker becomes a free agent. A footballer without a team. It has to be a temporary situation, since both Messi and Barça are very close to closing the renewal agreement. However, between the complexity of the contract proposed by the entity and the difficulties of treasury not to exceed the salary cap, the renewal has taken much longer than both parties wanted - especially the club.

From the Camp Nou they maintain the same message of the last week: maximum trust. They say negotiations are going well but clarify that they are not yet closed. Club sources go further and say that the main agreement is complete, but that the small fringes still need to be ironed out. Minutiae in any other footballer, but fundamental in the document that binds the franchise player with Barça. Especially considering that Messi already caught his fingers once with the Treasury.

Joan Laporta is in a hurry to finish the deal. The Barça president, who promised in his campaign to create conditions to ensure the continuity of Argentine, is about to keep his word. However, it will come later than he would have liked, because he wanted to save the media noise that comes from now and until the agreement is formally stamped. Messi will sign for two seasons, but the club will delay his salary and pay him in five, not to exceed the salary cap of La Liga. Even so, the striker will remain by far the highest paid player in the squad.