The reason Barca couldn’t renew Messi’s contract before the deadline

Lionel Messi has now become a free agent and no longer a Barcelona player after the club couldn’t renew his contract which expired at the end of June. Although the 6-time Ballon d’Or winner would like to continue with the Spanish club, there is a reason Barca couldn’t extend his contract before the deadline.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Barca president Joan Laporta said that Messi would like to continue at Barca while the club also want him to stay but there has been an issue which is yet to be solved. This issue is that of the Financial Fair Play.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas had already warned Barca of losing Messi if they failed to reduce their wage bill and comply with the league’s financial regulations. The Blaugrana are however struggling to achieve this.

They have signed 4 players but haven’t been able to sell some of their top earners who are no longer needed at the club. These top earners include Samuel Umtiti and Philippe Coutinho.

It was revealed that LaLiga could technically stop Barca from renewing Messi’s contract if they didn’t find a way to lighten their wage bill. This seems to be the reason for the failure to extend the Argentine’s contract as Barca haven’t sold any top earner.

Can Barca still renew Messi’s contract despite the expiration?

Messi hasn’t stated publicly that he wants to stay at Barca but Laporta has reaffirmed the striker’s intention of continuing at the club. The club can still get another contract in place for him in order to continue playing for them.


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