Tag: Lionel Messi

Laporta calls for patience with new Messi deal
Barcelona, News

Laporta calls for patience with new Messi deal

Barcelona president Joan Laporta remains optimistic that recently crowned Copa America winner Lionel Messi will extend his contract with the club but added that patience is the key. It's no more news that Lionel Messi is a free agent after his Barcelona contract expired on June 30. Reports suggest that the Argentina international has agreed a new five-year deal with the Catalans whilst accepting a substantial pay cut. However, there has been no official confirmation of the deal yet. The club are facing significant financial challenges and this means that other players have to leave before Messi or any of the new signings can be registered ahead of the 2021/22 football season. Regardless, Laporta has disclosed that negotiations are progressing steadily and is confident that a posit...
Lionel Messi’s new Barcelona contract held up by La Liga FFP rules
Barcelona, News

Lionel Messi’s new Barcelona contract held up by La Liga FFP rules

Barca president Joan Laporta has disclosed that Lionel Messi's signing of a new deal with the club is being held up by La Liga's financial fair play rules. Meanwhile, the Argentine became a free agent for the first time in his professional playing career after his contract with the club expired on Thursday. La Liga president Javier Tebas has also warned the club that they must make cutbacks if they want to be able to register any new Messi deal ahead of the 2021/22 season. "We want him to stay and Leo wants to stay, everything is on track," Laporta told Onda Cero on Thursday. "We still have the financial fair play [issue] to sort out... we're in the process of finding the best solution for all parties." It can be recalled that Barcelona had the biggest salary cap in Spain befor...
Aguero helping to convince Messi to extend Barca contract
Barcelona, News

Aguero helping to convince Messi to extend Barca contract

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed that new signing Sergio Aguero is playing his part by helping to convince Lionel Messi to sign a new contract at Camp Nou. Messi's current contract will expire on June 30 and the Argentine is set to become a free agent if he refuses to renew with Barcelona. According to Laporta., the club are doing their best to make Messi commit his future to them and remain in La Liga after a season that was plagued with reports of his desire and threats to leave. "I would like Messi to tell us ‘yes’ as soon as possible. He would help us in every way," Laporta told La Vanguardia. READ: Dembele injured, to miss the rest of Euro 2020 for France He added that "Aguero is helping. He is telling him every day to stay" and "in communication with "[Mes...
Alba – Luis Suarez was a gift from Barca to Atletico Madrid
Barcelona, News

Alba – Luis Suarez was a gift from Barca to Atletico Madrid

Ahead of the Euro 2020 competition, Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has spoken about the challenges that the Spanish national team camp is currently facing after Sergio Busquets tested positive for coronavirus. He also revealed his thoughts about Barca manager Ronald Koman and spoke about the just-concluded season. He made his thoughts known in a chat during the Cadena SER’s El Larguero program with anecdotes about Lionel Messi and his potential exit from Camp Nou.  The defender also spoke about the decision to allow Luis Suarez to join Atletico Madrid, one which was heavily regretted in the 2020/21 season as he helped fire the Rojiblancos to the title. Reports suggest that Luis Suarez was the subject of a funny transfer decision, as the former board of the club unceremoniously let ...
PSG Chief – All clubs have the right to talk about Lionel Messi
Barcelona, News, Paris Saint-Germain

PSG Chief – All clubs have the right to talk about Lionel Messi

In an interview with L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi has revealed Barcelona's pursuit of Neymar as well his club's links with Lionel Messi who has been a central figure in one of the most talked-about transfer sagas in the history of the game. It can be recalled that the Argentine wizard was set to leave Barcelona at the end of the 2019/20 season after the infamous burofax incident. However, after a season of transition in 2020/21, Messi's love for the club seems to have been reignited. PSG were in pole position for the Argentine's signature when the exit rumors heightened after his contract ends on June 30. It was even reported that the Ligue 1 giants who ended up as runners-up in France for the 2020/21 season offered him a contract a few weeks ago. REA...
Barca are open to offers for Antoine Griezmann
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Barca are open to offers for Antoine Griezmann

Reports suggest that Barcelona are open to offers for Antoine Griezmann this summer. It can be recalled that the France international joined the Catalans from rivals Atletico Madrid in 2019. He struggled in his start to life at Camp Nou but has rediscovered some of his best form in recent times under Dutch manager Ronald Koeman. The club are pleased with the 30-year-old's performances but a debt of close to £1billion means that there will be difficulty in strengthening the team this summer without first raising funds from the sale of players. Presently, Griezmann is one of Barca's prized assets and the Frenchman won't be short of suitors, especially in England, if Barcelona put him up for sale. READ: Sam Allardyce blasts Michail Antonio for disgusting comments This isn't the...
Manchester United, News

McTominay – Lionel Messi snubbed my shirt request

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has revealed that he almost missed out on the chance to get Lionel Messi's shirt after the Barcelona star initially refused to give it to him. The two players faced off twice in the quarterfinals of the 2019 UEFA Champions League where the Catalans ran out 4 nil winners on aggregate with Lionel Messi scoring a brace at Camp Nou in a game the Catalans dominated wholly. It can be recalled that an own goal by Luke Shaw was what separated the sides after the first leg at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, McTominay had asked his teammate and Argentina international Sergio Romero to try and get him the shirt of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner. However, the goalkeeper returned to the dressing room empty-handed as Messi refused to hand over his shit bec...
Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain

Will PSG replace Barcelona on the world stage?

Au revoir Barcelona It appears the times are changing in the world of football. Fading are the days of Barcelona’s dominance and a new group of teams looks set to replace them. One of those teams is last season’s Champions League runners-up, Paris Saint-Germain. They conquered the Catalan side in impressive fashion with a 4–1 victory at the Nou Camp, followed by a 1–1 draw in Paris. Kylian Mbappe was the star of the show, with a hat-trick in the first leg, along with a successfully converted penalty in the second. Lionel Messi led his Barca side as best as he could by scoring the penalty in the first game, smashing in a long-range strike in the return fixture, before his 2nd penalty of the round was saved by Keylor Navas. Looking at PSG’s Champions League form from last season an...
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Paredes – PSG told me not to talk about Messi

It is no more news that Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain have not hidden their desire to have Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in their ranks. The Argentine's contract at the Camp Nou expires in the summer and PSG is one of his likely destinations if he doesn't commit to the Catalans. However, recent developments show that PSG have decided to put a gag order on their players to stop them from discussing a possible transfer for the Barcelona legend. This was made known by PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes who disclosed that the club told him to stop any discussions on his fellow Argentine in public. It can be recalled that other PSG stars like Angel di Maria and Neymar openly stated that they would like to have Messi join them at the Parc des Princes. A report by Marca, stated that...
Barcelona, News

PSG making more Messi comments to anger Barcelona

The 5:3 Copa Del Rey win against Granada was just one of the dramatic moments at Camp Nou this season.  According to Diario AS, there has not been a dull day at the club this season. This is coming as some things that could anger the Catalans happened in France. It's no more news that the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the signature of Lionel Messi. Although the folks at the Etihad have been keeping such aspirations under wraps, those at Parc Des Princes have been doing the exact opposite. READ: The amazing 10 European Championship moments of all time Messi's compatriot Angel Di Maria has spoken about the chances of the latter making a move to PSG next season. The mercurial attacker's contract with Barcelona expires on June 30 and it is n...