Lionel Messi will reportedly stay at FC Barcelona

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After winning the Copa America with Argentina, Lionel Messi will stay in FC Barcelona. According to the Spanish media, both parties have reached an agreement on a five-year contract, with a reduction of 50 percent of the Argentine’s salary.

On July 1st, Messi became officially a free agent since his four-year contract had come to an end. Although many rumors came to light whether the Argentine star would continue or not his career at FC Barcelona, journalist Fabrizio Romero, who is specialized in transfer news, stated via his Twitter account that “it’s never been in doubt”, Messi’s staying.

Messi’s main concern when choosing his future at Barça was that the club needed to have a good project. Leo wants to compete in the Champions League and with his club he was not able to do so during the last couple of years. That was one of the reasons why Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City were seen as possible destinations for the Argentine.

Even in September of 2020, Messi affirmed he wanted to leave FC Barcelona, after his friend Luis Suarez was kicked out in confusing fashion. At that time, Leo could hardly stand FC Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his relationship with coach Ronald Koeman was not the best too.

Today, things are quite different. Joan Laporta is the club’s president and Messi’s relationship with Koeman seems to have improved. In addition, there have been spectacular signings like Memphis Depay and Leo’s friend Sergio Agüero, which give hope to the club ambitions.

What remains the same are FC Barcelona’s economic struggles. That is why three of the four club signings came as free agents, and that is also why Messi would have accepted to cut his salary by half.

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  1. Copa America players and their current transfer status:
    1. Emiliano Martinez – none
    2. Franco Armani – none
    3. Agustin Marchesin – none
    4. Juan Musso – Atalanta (DONE)
    5. Nahuel Molina – Inter, Hertha Berlin
    6. Gonzalo Montiel – none
    7. Cristian Romero – MU, Hotspur, Barcelona
    8. Nicolas Otamendi – none
    9. German Pezzella – none
    10. Lisandro Martinez – Barcelona
    11. LM Quarta – none
    12. Nicolas Tagliafico – PSG, Chelsea, Mu, City, Barca, Arsenal, Atletico
    13. Marcos Acuna – none
    14. Leandro Paredes – none
    15. Giovani Lo Celso – Barcelona
    16. Rodrigo De Paul – Atletico (DONE)
    17. Guido Rodriguez – Arsenal
    18. Exequiel Palacios – none
    19. Papu Gomez – none
    20. Nicolas Dominguez – none
    21. Lionel Messi – Barcelona (DONE)
    22. Angel Di Maria – none
    23. Sergio Aguero – Barcelona (DONE)
    24. Lautaro Martinez – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico, City, Chelsea
    25. Nicolas Gonzales – Fiorentina (DONE)
    26. Joaquin Correa – Hotspur, Westham, PSG, Arsenal
    27. Angel Correa – none
    28. Julian Alvarez – Aston Villa, West Ham, Milan

    Some of them are strong rumors. Some of them are mild ones but at least they are linked to those clubs.

  2. We need some changes in our midfield also. Im still not convinced about locelso. He plays good in first 30-40 minutes thn fades out plus he is too much direct our midfield needs more control. Our midfield is too direct so that makes our defence more vulnerable. Maximum times its end to end stuff. I don’t like parades also. He makes us defensively unstable plus doesn’t provide the control which im talking about. Without proper control we will always be susceptible to counter attacks. I like to see buendia in our midfield as we can’t rely on a player like locelso who cant hold his stamina more than 35-40 minutes in a match. Just like Arthur who was good bt lacked stamina which destroyed his career. Guido is good defensively bt doesn’t offer anything offensively i want a defensive midfielder like busquets or pirlo bt sadly we r not producing enough talent in this department

  3. Fabrizio Romano tweeted that Griezmann-Saul swap almost complete. Really good news for Aguero. Saul is a good addition for Barca, a hard worker defensive minded player. So I don’t think any room for Lo Celso.

    Barca upfront looks pretty solid: Messi, Depay, Aguero, Fati, Dembele, Coutinho.

  4. Emiliano Buendai going to be Kevin de Bryune of Argentina, I will fear a player like Emiliano Buendai if he plays in opposition team. Thing with Emiliano Buendai is that strikers need to be always aware of his passes to score so Argentina need striker who can finish. Buendai’s work rate is very high so it will not be a problem to gel him up in team. Argentina midfield is Rocking💪💪

  5. Lazio have signed Luka Romero.
    Thiago Almada is not going to Marseille as Pablo Longoria brands him as “expensive.”

    And the latest, Barcelona are now seriously considering to scoop up Giovanni lo celso who fits the barca style perfectly. If this happens it will be a pure delight for us but I dunno how much true it is.

    I don’t hear anything about lisandro Martinez anymore.

  6. Lisandro Martinez should be used in Fullback position rather than CB because of his height, some are execusing it for Puyol but Puyol has leadership qualities,he was a leader in back always organising defence I do not see it in Lisandro.Lisandro is good player far better than Quarta Martinez but I think Otamendi and Pezella are still better than Lisandro.What Otamendi did in Copa I do not think Lisandro could have done it.

  7. Seeing River bench depth today , its selfish on their part to not release Julian Alvarez or lobby for Angileri/ Girotti for Olympics. In past they have lobbied so easily for senior NT spots ( Matias Suarez , Casco, Armani , Montiel , LMQ , even Alvarez for Copa 21 ) . They could easily pushed 2-3 players in Olympics squad. Apart from National pride , Olympics gives a global stage to leverage the Europe top league summer transfer window which is open till August 31st.
    Inspite of such a strong squad they could just draw vs Argentinos Juniors & Gabriel Milito deserves credit today . Braian Romero & Paradela did well . Girotti had a solid chance in the end.

    • Paradela himself would serve the Olympics team well. He is a good player even though he is yet to establish himself at River.
      Paradela and Alvarez from River. Medina and Varela from Boca. Federico Navarro of Talleres, Chancalay of Racing, Union’s Canete and Zenon. Rosario Central’s Luciano Fereyra and Luca Dupuy (before Mexico call him), Gabriel Florentin of Argentinos have all been playing consistently and playing well at that. 2 or 3 from the above list would add quality to the Olympics Squad, when you have Colombatto, a sub at low table Mexican Club, Urzi, who’s level has dropped and was playing for Banfield Reserves most of last season, Mosevich, who plays in Portuguese second division selected. Also all those Velez mediocre players other than Almada are poor additions. Velez players almost always never show up when moving to Europe or representing the NT. It’s a jinx. That’s why I have low hopes for Almada.

      • Well, Batista has more focus on the team chemistry than reinforcement or talent-induction it seems. He’s right in that aspect as the core of these players were together from U20 WC last edition through recent pre-olympic friendlies, winning PAG Gold and First place at South American Pre-Olympics. Almada and Payero are great additions to that base. Let’s hope he makes the best of this warm-up period before the debut against the Aussies. Barco and Almada starting together and exchanging positions from across centre-left portions to free up Gaich or Valenzuela / De La Vega could prove to be a path-breaking thought, I hope…

        • i like Batista’s focus on team chemistry… but jus feel our fullbacks are very ordinary & we are maybe missing an overage striker who would give some tranquility. i really dont see Ponce coming in & scoring goals if Gaich is having a bad game.

    • Actually I’m not sure the bench is as deep as it seems. At least right now. Casco had quite a poor first half defensively and quite toothless in the attack. I think Angilieri will be getting more opportunities. Enzo perez seemed to be fading after the hour as well. And while the names on the bench have promise – fernandez, paradela, not sure they are at this very moment capable of picking up enzo perez’s full workload during a libertadores.

      Also Alvarez is more crucial in the river system than Girotti is to be honest in my view. they are built around dynamic wide wingers with a 9 who can drift around and girotti is more of an old fashioned fixed point striker right now. So I can agree sending girotti to the olympics would have made more sense as it would probably take longer than a month to work him into their base style to the point where you could say he is essential. But it is difficult to see them sending alvarez off. I mean they had to rely on carrascal to stretch the play after suarez went off. Thats not really a good look for bench depth.

      • Considering it was Argentina Juniors as opponent , i would have wished to see River showing commitment to Olympics cause. Both River & Boca staying out leaves a bad message that these clubs only are bothered about their success & AFA has zero control .

  8. I know he’s gonna stay when they signed Kun plus Argentina ended up winning Copa . This means he feels less preasure to “must win” another CL to proof his greatness by moving to stronger club.

    Messi already has all money in the world , fame, and all major silverware, so moving to another club doesnt really add anything to his life & legacy.

  9. Barcelona is Messi’s second home, he spent more life time in Barca than Rosario. Family settled and happy living in Barcelona. Beside, Barcelona is a perfect place to raise your family, as Paris will be too glamourous and City is so quiet for them And Laporta is a lucky guy, as Messi is in happy mood, to cut his salary by 50% will be okay for him. A wise word says “Never made promise when you are happy and never reply when you are angry”.

    His main motivation now is for Qatar 2022 and Champion League trophy not financial salary but for the legacy

    Congrats and wish Messi all the best @Barcelona. CL we are coming

  10. He doesn’t need the money, He’s won it all with Barcelona. Would be strange to see him in another kit TBH. Barca’s looking ok. He’ll play with his buddy Kun, He’ll win the Pichichi a few more times…He is focused on the World Cup…Especially now that he has his copa and the pressure is off…He has a decent shot too…Argentina has some very solid players on their team that know how to win and grind results out. If he’s ever desperate for some extra cash he can just go to the MLS when he is over 40 and make a trillion dollars lol

  11. Glad he decided to stay and with the addition of Memphis and Kun, what is there not to like!
    Besides, Pep can go screw himself and PSG is a team that doesn’t need his service and vice versa.
    We ARGENTINA fans got what we wanted for NOW, A COPA win, he’s happy, were happy and all the supporters are happy as well and let all the haters jump off a bridge for all we care.