Argentinian superstar Messi has chosen not to activate the terms of freedom to leave Barcelona. Therefore, he will stay at the Nou Camp for at least another season.
In recent times, the internal of Barcelona is said to be very unstable. Six members of the board of directors of the team applied to resign. Because of dissatisfaction with President Bartoumeu’s management. Not stopping there, the players are also said to be unhappy after being reduced 70% of the salary of the team leadership.
That sparked rumors that Messi was planning to leave Barcelona. Especially after he and sports director Eric Abidal had controversy in the newspaper. Quique Setien himself also confirmed his willingness to let El Pulga leave. If he no longer believes in Barcelona’s ability to succeed.
Notably, in the contract signed with Barcelona in 2017. There was a provision that Messi was allowed to freely negotiate with any club. Without consulting Barcelona during the Summer 2020 transfer.
However, according to sources from ESPN. The provision that allows Messi to freely negotiate with any club expired on May 31. In case you want to break up the Nou Camp, El Pulga must notify before 1/6. This is the term that appeared in the contracts of players like Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta or Xavi in the past.
Even so, Messi has not made any move yet. That means he will continue to stay at Barcelona for at least another season. (when his contract expires in 2021).
In fact, in the context of the economic hardship during the Covid-19 pandemic. Not many clubs are willing to spend large amounts of money to recruit and pay Messi at this time.
Messi and his teammates are still aiming for a big goal this season. They are top in La Liga with 1 point more than Real Madrid. Besides, Barcelona also has a certain advantage in the Champions League when holding Napoli with a score of 1-1 in Italy in the first leg of the round of 1/8.
This season, Messi still maintains the top form. The player scored 24 goals for Barcelona in all competitions, including 19 in La Liga.