Barcelona fans can finally enjoy the rest of the summer. Lionel Messi, arguably the best player of all time, will return to Camp Nou on a lower salary to help the club register all their new signings. The Catalans and La Pulga reached an agreement this morning, according to L´Esportiu. The player will reduce his salary by 50 percent and will sign a five-year contract.
34-year-old Messi has just returned from national team duties after winning the Copa America with Argentina. La Pulga scored 4 goals and 5 assists in the competition, winning top scorer and best player. Nevertheless, despite this great news for Barca fans, it has been a couple of stressful weeks. Messi´s contract had ended on the 30th of June and had given no signs of returning to the club. The club president, Joan Laporta, asked the fans for patience. However, with the french side Paris-Saint Germain in the race, it was unclear if Messi would return to his childhood club.
“[Messi’s renewal] is progressing adequately”Joan Laporta after Argentina´s Copa America win
Salary and contract length
Lionel Messi´s lower salary will allow FC Barcelona to register new signings Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia, Emerson, and his close friend El Kun Aguero. Furthermore, La Pulga will sign a long-term five-year contract to allow Barca fans to enjoy Messi magic until 2026. However, Messi will most probably not fulfill the whole five years and will likely move to the MLS by 2023.
Once all the terms have been revised, the club will release an announcement of the continuity of the Argentinian. It will be a matter of days or even hours before Barca fans can rest assured. 14 long days since Messi last became a free agent, Barcelona finally agreed with the player and his representatives. A big accomplishment for the club president Joan Laporta and the Barcelona board.