A Spanish press report indicated that Barcelona is looking to renew its contract with Argentine star Lionel Messi until 2023 for 50 million euros per season.
Dessemark’s website said the new deal would guarantee Messi, 32, a six-time Golden Ball winner, to be the highest-paid player in the world for a long time.
Barcelona seeks to resolve the renewal of the contract at the first opportunity for two reasons: the first is that the current contract with Messi expires in 2021, and the second is that there is a clause in the contract that allows him to leave at the end of next June each season after reaching 32 years of age.
Negotiations to renew Messi’s contract started several months ago, and the length of the negotiations explains the speech by Barcelona sports manager Eric Abidal on the difficulty of obtaining the signature of his former teammate.
Abidal told the Spanish newspaper “AS” that “Messi has repeatedly said that Barcelona is everything for him, and that he wants to stay here, we are talking about the best player in the world, and renew the contract with players of this type is not at all easy “.
Messi started football since his childhood in Argentina before joining Barcelona in 2000 at the age of 13, and the first contract he signed with the club on a tissue which became one of the documents most important in the history of football.
Messi has become Barcelona’s top scorer over the ages, scoring 627 goals in 718 games, including 24 goals in 31 games in all competitions this season.
For all these reasons, Messi deserves to be the highest paid in the world in football.