Spanish media AS reports that Lionel Messi has rejected Barcelona’s opening offer of a new contract, which was expected to be around 30 to 35 million euros net per season. Messi’s current deal with the Azulgranas will end on 30th June 2018, and the best player in the world wants a better deal to lock his future with the club for a longer period.
Barcelona’s club officials and Messi’s father & agent Jorge Messi are negotiating from months to seal the deal, but there is still no stamp on Messi’s contract renewal. However, it is expected that La Pulga will sign the new contract and club is not ready to give up on their biggest star.
Negotiations over a fresh agreement are still alive, and club & player both know, they need each other. The expectations are that two sides will reach on common grounds in coming weeks. The biggest hurdle in contract is that Leo Messi wants to be the best-paid player in the world, and alongside which he demands a team who is capable of winning trophies.
Barcelona is short of cash in fulfilling their wage demands as per Laliga rules. Their wages already exceeds the maximum wage distribution with the renewed deals to Neymar, Suarez, and Rakitic and they no longer increases Messi’s wage for more than €35 million for current season, until & unless they sell few players whose wages are sufficient to meet Messi’s demands.
Los Azulgranas are in hurry to seal the deal, as they know they can’t afford to lose out player of Messi’s stature, and even if he chooses to walk away they can’t let him go free. He can easily fetch them at least €150 million in transfer market, and Messi’s father knows that Barcelona are in no position to let go his son. They’ll come up with a better and improved deal.
Messi is enjoying another great season with the club, as he has scored 49 goals in 48 matches for the club, duly complementing it with his 18 assists. He is once again in race for Ballon d’or and FIFA’s The Best Player award, and the five time Ballon d’or winner is no rush to put the pen to paper. Barcelona will have to come with a better and improved deal to end the negotiation on positive note.