Lionel Messi has two clear options if Barcelona cannot register new contract on time

Reports emerged this morning claiming Lionel Messi may have to wait until January to be registered by Barcelona.

Barcelona fans need no reminding of the situation that means Messi’s new contract cannot be registered until the club come below their La Liga salary cap.

The Blaugrana club are working away behind the scenes to reduce bills, entering talks with high earners over salary reductions while looking to sell the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho, Neto, Miralem Pjanic and Samuel Umtiti.

But progress is slow and the season is just three weeks away, Barcelona fans can be forgiven for getting more nervy with each passing day.

Amid the slow progress, the question was posed by ESPN whether there may be a situation where Messi may have to wait until January for his contract to be registered.

The La Liga deadline is not until the end of August, just over two weeks after the start of the season on the second weekend of the month, but it’s reported Barca would like to get Messi and their new players registered by the start of the snew campaign.

Nevertheless, should Barca fail to register Messi August 31, there is next to no chance the Argentine superstar will wait around until January.

It’s clear that his preference is to stay at Barcelona this summer, and he is willing to be patient while also taking a pay cut to get it done, but the best player in world football is not about to take five months off football because the club he loves can’t get its house in order.

At that point, Messi would have two obvious options. He either goes elsewhere before the end of August, to make sure he has time to register for a new club before that team’s respective league deadline.

Or alternatively, he agrees a contract with a severely reduced wage at Barcelona, one that the club can afford to pay under their restrictions, with the agreement that the money is made up with a new and improved contract later on when the required departures are managed.

Of course, neither of those options are preferred at this point, and Barca chief Joan Laporta did say yesterday that he was ‘confident’ in the club’s ability to get where they need to be and on time, but both options are far more realistic than Messi accepting being out of football for five months.

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50 Comments

  1. Oluwabori says:

    I’m a strong Barcelona fan, and I feel the club is being egocentric about this messi contract situation. For a good future plan, this is the best time to let Messi go. It’s hard to say goodbye but it will be awesome for the future of the club and the player. I understand the club needs Messi to raise revenue and all but putting your eggs in one basket will only put you at risk in future. Barcelona should let Messi leave will be good for both the club and the player. Messi I had like to see you play for Manchester City expressing your muscles.

    1. Abdussalam says:

      Oluwabori, it’s you that is egocentric. How on heart will Barca lose that huge revenue from Messi presence, Considering there current economic turmoil.?
      I doubt you been a true Barca fanbcos we have many fringe players that can be release off there wages….umtiti,pjanic, lenglet, coutinho,Roberto.. ..this are few players that contribute little or nothing Last 2 seasons yet been paid heavily and u want to release your best player and major source of income.
      I doubt u been a Barca fan.

      1. Olusegun says:

        You are very very correct ….good talk….bacelona need to find solutions to bring Messi now before they use their hand to throw away your gold oooo.

      2. Obi obi says:

        Barca fan don’t sound this way.

      3. Mercury says:

        Don’t mind him…..

        Talking rubbish….even if they are to let him leave ..it shouldn’t be now…..

      4. Sibusiso says:

        I agree with you, simple, common sense, why would you dismantle the core of the team to retain one player, despite the fact that Messi is the best player, but one is left wondering if Laporta mandate is to resurrect Barcelona or to keep Messi @ Barcelona at all costs

      5. Ijale david says:

        I think it’s very rude to say linglet has contributed nothing for the past two years. Umtiti has not been consistent due to a leg injury and linglet has been the one covering for him ever since. Even at the point when pique was out with his knee issue, Barcelona’s hope on terms of defence was in the hands of linglet

    2. Ian says:

      Letting so many players go for one . What happens if Van Dijk situation happens?

      1. Ram says:

        I want him to go manchester city.its hard to say good bye but he should leave.

    3. Godwin NJ says:

      You are not a Barca fan and will never be a true Barca fan knows the worth of Messi and would pray he stays in Barca and La Liga.

    4. Victor says:

      If messi go
      Barca is in a very big problem

      1. Eugene Edwards says:

        Big problem? But the GOAT won’t play forever,that’s a sad fact
        Compromising everyone else for him only?
        I do wish he stays though, but this should be an opportunity to scout for a player to fill his shoes, like I said he won’t play forever

    5. Christian says:

      I am a citizen fan just curious I’d love Messi to come and join city but do you really think it’s possible for him and Kane to join city .? coz by the look of things Pep is really fighting for Kane right now

    6. Adebayo idowu says:

      No matter how long he Messi play for, he will hang his boots one day. In other hand, i can’t imagine bacelona without Messi. But planning for the future is more important than now, let him go………….

      1. Usman ahmed says:

        So if messi go no revenue for Baca again when real Madrid let Ronaldo all Baca fans are saying Madrid is finish but up to now Madrid is doing well after Ronaldo left ,,,,,,because of all Baca up coming talented yung steers are going away….adama trawore,,, kubo,, yung xavi ,,,,look they sign best Liverpool player ,,,best atlantoco Madrid dey realise Suarez rakitish, all this player are doing good but because of tostay ………anyone support massi to stay his not a baca fan he is messi fan. Who love Baca will not see Baca collapsing without helping to ress it up good lock Baca

    7. Silvestre says:

      Which is why they bought new players to assist the golden egg you tool

    8. Silvestre says:

      Which is why they bought new players to assist the golden egg u tool

      1. Muhammad says:

        Leave now and play less messi. Save your self for world cup glory.

    9. Sphytrixkpanda says:

      Your wrong. With what Covid19 has done to Club Revenues this is the worst time to let the player who attracts the highest revenue to your club go. It would destroy Barca.

    10. Lucky says:

      I didn’t support Barcelona letting Messi go for free. Very bad idea..

    11. Florence says:

      My brother, forget all those foolish people saying rubbish. Barca needs to let him go. Are they mad? Will he die there? Anyways, its his choice to stay or to go, but either way, I believe Messi should leave Barcelona.

    12. Nana says:

      Sometimes one can’t understand how some people minds work saying that Barca should let Leo Messi go.
      Question is in-terms of football or anything else – always what’ve you be looking for ? It’s not quality. And if you got a quality player like Messi now in your team to make that quality team you looking for and then change your mind that we should sell him to another team you’ll be competing for glory. Are you sound?

    13. Nana says:

      It’s only the PRIMITIVE who does like anything BEST that can say that Barca should let Messi go or leave but the GENIUS whose aim is for greatest wouldn’t allowed such a player of Messi’s calibre to leave or go let a lone to open his or her fucking mouth to say that Messi should go…… is only an idiot who can say that.

      1. Nana says:

        It’s only the PRIMITIVE who doesn’t like anything BEST that can say that Barca should let Messi go or leave but the GENIUS whose aim is for greatest wouldn’t allowed such a player of Messi’s calibre to leave or go let a lone to open his or her fucking mouth to say that Messi should go…… is only an idiot who can say that.

  2. Mukeh Haurrison says:

    I think it’s time they let messi and move on. It. Will be good for both sides. Barca has an interesting project already at hand. It’s hard but let Leo go.

  3. mmeso says:

    I doubt your strong Barca fan part. Messi’s departure will no one. And this is a club with no future plan yet. Barca will be in crisis with or without Messi so what is the point of letting him go? Can we trust koeman to get the club firing without him? As tempting as the scenario is, Barca is in no position to let him go. And yes we put all our eggs in one basket as there is no money to buy another basket

  4. mmeso says:

    I doubt your strong Barca fan part. Messi’s departure will no one. And this is a club with no future plan yet. Barca will be in crisis with or without Messi so what is the point of letting him go? Can we trust koeman to get the club firing without him? As tempting as the scenario is, Barca is in no position to let him go. And yes we put all our eggs in one basket as there is no money to buy another basket

  5. mmeso says:

    Messi’s departure will no one. And this is a club with no future plan yet. Barca will be in crisis with or without Messi so what is the point of letting him go? Can we trust koeman to get the club firing without him? As tempting as the scenario is, Barca is in no position to let him go. And yes we put all our eggs in one basket as there is no money to buy another basket

  6. Ian says:

    As much as Messi is a great player.Giaannnttt player.Barca messing up.Looking at $signs now n nothing else.If club was developing and using players from academy instead of buying expensive players out there situation would be better.Trust in ur academy.

  7. BABATUNDE, Sunday Afolabi says:

    YES indeed, Messi should move out of Barcelona now for a better and brighter future before his current skills of footballing become obsolete. He should move now to another enterprising outfit, particularly, the “cityzens”.

  8. Christian says:

    I am a citizen fan just curious I’d love Messi to come and join city but do you really think it’s possible for him and Kane to join city .? coz by the look of things Pep is really fighting for Kane right now

  9. Alhaji Bangura says:

    Messi is Barca and Barca is Messi. Friends, your pretends is well understood. A real static fan of the Barca family indeed.

    You have been replaced by a new born few days ago. Man United fans you are identified by your words. Messi will go nowhere. Messi alone, we are home and dry.

    Messi and Barca is a marriage that was planned before creation. No one, i repeat, no one can change that. Messi after Barca, he can’t play major league. So be it.

    Management, fulfill our dreams. Don’t let us down. Spain, make your policies to fit in our great player.

    With Messi, the world move. Messi, help us.

    1. Silvestre says:

      Amen

      1. Steven sallieu says:

        Good morning to you all,my name is Steven sallieu.i really want to know if Leo Messi is still at Barcelona club.

    2. Jay Jay Samuel. says:

      Thank you very much, i look forward to seeing Messi soon in Barca team.

  10. Adebayo idowu says:

    No matter how long he Messi play for, he will hang his boots one day. In other hand, i can’t imagine bacelona without Messi. But planning for the future is more important than now, let him go………….

  11. Silvestre says:

    Which is why they bought new players to assist the golden egg,tool.

    Amen to that Alhagi.

  12. Abiose oluwasegun says:

    Messi is going nowhere because messi is the one that can take to their promise just like moses in the bible.
    Joan Laporta should not give up on this issues of paycut.
    He should try his best to register leo and other new signing. If he do such, he will always be remember in the world of football as the best president ever.

  13. Ibrahim Joshua says:

    Messi needs to leave Barca to win something somewhere, to silence His critics. And man city is the best destination, to win another title somewhere.

  14. NyikoH says:

    Ya’ll talking as fans and haters here,Back or White Barca they in trouble and its not gonna take them 3 seasons to resolve.Black or White Barca they are not in a Financial Situation to afford Messi,they can Sell,Cut,Negotiate Salaries but fact remains,those Sales means the players will go for less than their market value and any team who wants them can negotiate for as little as they can get them as they will have power knowing Barca has to Sell,Cutting salaries players have to agree 1st,players have bills to play,they have charity to keep supporting,who will agree to have their Salary cut and take on a Financial effect of not their doing?Nehotiating Salaries,lets Say Messi’s salary is negotiated to be paid half of hes wages this season which is still a high wage and Barca Loosing a list of players on outgoing list,Will the team challenge for anything,Messi enjoy playing a winning team,now you selling the stars of the team and yet messi is left to Fed for himself again alone,and Barca will still be Negotiating again the next season,n the next season,even the time Messi hangs hes boot they will still be in the same position negotiating and missing out on top players since they do not have the Financial muscle to Buy but Negotiate…Keeping Messi at Barca is just they financial downfall,Why would you wanna keep something you cant afford.Even the Revenue he brings in is not enough to Wipe out their problems,Hes the Problem because they still need to pay him even when he has retired.

  15. Abubakar Amin says:

    Are you serious about foot ball? For I know you are Madridista who are sentimentals, you don’t want see Barca progressed to next level.
    I assure you….Laliga with out Messi is empty pack.
    Be reminded!!!

  16. Mohamed Foray says:

    Imagine, Barcelona not registering someone who makes hard to easy. I pity because hard will always be hard for Barca. Messi not playing football for 4 months is like drinking tea without sugar

  17. ISRAEL says:

    MESSI SHOULD NOT LEAVE NOW

  18. Okoro John Omon says:

    Such a shame really! That a big club like Barca has to depend on one player for its survival. Logical question is that “will Messi play forever”? How can you guys be pressing the self-destruct button by building all your hopes on one individual? I do not wish Messi ill-luck or bad fortunes, but what if he pulls up with a career-ending injury today or tomorrow? Will that be the closing of shopfor Barcelona?

  19. Florence says:

    Messi must leave. BARCA CANT AFFORD HIM. You Messi fanatics that claim to support Barcelona don’t know whats good for your club. The day barca goes broke you’ll all be reminded of the fact that keeping Messi is more loss than gain.

  20. Lele says:

    The best they can do is too offload players that their wages would significantly reduce barca wage bill. The issue would be are those players ready to go? , you cannot force them to go and if you decide to terminate their contract wrongful, barca may pay damages which may be more than what they can spare.
    Barca can make an agreement with a club that Messi would go to for a year and after a year Messi comes back(does not sound realistic)

  21. Ijale david says:

    I think it’s very rude to say linglet has contributed nothing for the past two years. Umtiti has not been consistent due to a leg injury and linglet has been the one covering for him ever since. Even at the point when pique was out with his knee issue, Barcelona’s hope on terms of defence was in the hands of linglet

    1. DANSO GIDEON says:

      mess the all time best player of the world,messi please stay and play for barcelona for lif until you retire, i greet memphis and aguero and all barcelona player good luck for next season,more win and more leagues winning like ucl and laliga no lose and draw win alone.

  22. vackyboy says:

    Messi the messier

    1. Ogu sunny says:

      Let them collet small salary I promise you people that mess will play

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