Messi’s Camp Nou contract expired at the end of June, and the 34-year-old now finds himself as a free agent for the first time in his professional career.
His long term future is yet to be confirmed, despite Barcelona’s confidence of securing a new contract with their talisman, but a decision is not expected until after the Copa America.
The stand off is not expected to last beyond the end of July, with reports from French outlet L’Equipe calculating his previous Barcelona deal at €39m gross per year.
However, based on his expected salary reduction in Catalonia, if he stays at the club for the 202/22 season, he is already missing out of an eye watering €100,000 every 24 hours, until he signs.
Messi will captain Argentina in tomorrow’s Copa America final as he chases a first ever major international honour with La Albiceleste.