Lionel Messi, who has never played for another club except Barcelona is in line for a “life contract” at the Spanish football club.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu wants to tie down his talisman, 32, for the rest of his football playing life.
This comes after the same Barcelona president said the Spanish giants are not worried about Lionel Messi’s future and the Argentinian star can leave the club at the end of the season.
Bartomeu while speaking with Barcelona’s in-house television channel said, “Leo Messi has a contract through to the 2020-21 season, but the player is able to leave Barca before the final season”.
He added, “It’s the same case as with the final contracts that Xavi, (Carles) Puyol and (Andres) Iniesta had. They are players who deserve that liberty, and we shouldn’t worry, as they are very committed to Barca. We want Messi to play for Barca through to 2021 and beyond. We are very calm.”
In 2017, Messi who has been at Barcelona since 2001 signed an extension in his contract and it is understood a clause was included which allows him to leave at the end of any season.
Lionel Messi, who is regarded as one the greatest footballers in the World, is Barcelona’s record goalscorer.