Amid growing uncertainty over the Lionel Messi transfer from Barcelona, the Catalan giants have offered him a new contract. The Barcelona board and the Argentine international have been at loggerheads over recent issues that ensued between Messi and sporting director Eric Abidal. The controversy led to rumours of a possible exit for Barcelona's all-time top goalscorer.
According to recent reports, despite the controversy, the Barcelona board has offered a lucrative deal that could tempt Lionel Messi into extending his stay at Camp Nou. The reported deal stands at £865,000 a week. According to El Confidencial, the deal could extend Messi’s stay at Camp Nou until 2023.
Lionel Messi was involved in a verbal spat with Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal. The latter had commented on the inability of certain players to sweat it out on the pitch. Messi then responded asking Abidal to mention the players specifically and not to generalise the whole squad. There were also reports claiming that Lionel Messi had demanded the resignation of president Josep Bartomeu or he might leave.
#OnThisDay | March 18, 2015— FC Barcelona (from 🏠) (@FCBarcelona) March 18, 2020
In the 2nd leg of the UEFA @ChampionsLeague last 16 versus @ManCity at Camp Nou, this Leo #Messi nutmeg wows the crowd, including his former manager Pep Guardiola. 😲🤭
Barça would later go on to win the 2nd treble in Club history. 🐐 pic.twitter.com/lEU32yI0pD
There were earlier reports that Lionel Messi’s contract includes a special clause. The clause could see the Argentine leave Barcelona at the end of the current season as a free agent. There were also rumours linking him with a move to defending Premier League champions Manchester City and Italian giants Juventus.
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has undergone self-quarantine fearing coronavirus outbreak. The Barcelona mainstay has been spending time with his family in self-isolation. Messi was seen playing football with his kids indoors.