hopeful of renewing Messi’s contract before the June 30 deadline, however
it has not been yet and as a result, the 34-year-old is now officially a free
agent Messi is no longer under contract.
Messi’s contract officially expired as soon as the clock struck 12 , and although there
were reports that he would likely re-sign with the Spanish giants, no such development
has yet taken place.
Messi reportedly had been close to reaching a deal to extend his contract for two more
years. There is a belief that Messi and Barcelona will work towards a contract, but until
there is a piece of conclusive evidence that it is indeed in the pipeline, Messi being a free
agent is bound to attract the attention of clubs across the world.
Messi becoming a free agent adds a new layer of complexity to the situation. Should
Barcelona re-sign the player, he will have to be registered with La Liga as a new signing.
As a new signing, Barcelona would have to find a creative solution to fit Messi into the
framework of La Liga’s financial regulations.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has already warned Barca that they must bring their wages
down, or they won’t be able to register Messi ahead of the 2021-22 season.