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Report: Lionel Messi will sign a 2-year contract extension with Barcelona

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After a zippy weekend that saw the European Super League being formed and then falling apart, football fans needed some quiet days. However, probably more important — and undoubtedly more exciting news — is on the table for Barcelona.

According to the latest reports, Lionel Messi will renew his contract with the Catalan club for two more years, as per Christian Martin.

Ever since the ‘burofax fiasco’ in last year’s summer, there was a lot of uncertainty regarding the Argentine’s future. He also looked a bit off colors during the initial stages of the season. Messi himself admitted in an interview that the whole saga in the summer had a role to play in it. However, he also said that he has settled under the new manager.

The six-time Ballon D’or Winner has not looked back since then. He has been in scintillating form since the start of 2021. The latest victim of his greatness was Athletico Bilbao, as the Blaugrana captain played a massive role in conquering Barça’s 31st Copa Del Rey title. Moreover, he looks like a person in the right place, always elated and eager to give his all.

Reports from Cuatro suggest that he has been presented the initial draft of the contract too. The Barça forward welcomes the terms of the contract. He understands the fact that the club cannot grant him an astronomical contract he enjoyed before. However, the Joan Laporta board has different plans in mind.

They want Leo to hang up his boot at the Camp Nou and then stay with the club either as the club ambassador or by occupying an institutional position. The club is very clear that they want him to give a lifetime contract. The Argentine’s father and his agent, Jorge Messi, has already arrived in Barcelona but there have been no contacts yet.

Messi is very clear and aware that he will not be a stone in the shoe for the new board. Reportedly, he said, “Presi, I go, or I stay, I’ll make it easy for you,” to Laporta after lifting the Copa Del Rey trophy. Nothing has materialized as of yet, but both sides have good intentions, and, certainly, we will not witness a fiasco of the magnitude we saw last summer.

I have been an avid watcher of football for almost a decade now. My first love was Messi and not Barcelona, however, over the years the Blaugrana colours are something I identify myself with. Through writing, I want to give back to the sport that has given me so much joy over the years.