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In the summer, the unimaginable almost became a reality: Superstar Lionel Messi wanted to leave FC Barcelona - but ultimately only stayed because the Catalans refused to leave. Nevertheless, the signs point to farewell in the near future.

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Update 04/28/2021, 10:33 a.m.

According to media reports, Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona has received an official offer from Paris Saint-Germain.

Brazilian journalist Marcelo Bechler of "TNT Sports Brasil" said on Wednesday night on the Spanish radio station "the French champions have offered the Argentine, who will turn 34 on June 24th, a two-year contract with an option for a third year." Cadena Ser ". Messi's contract with Barca expires on June 30, and the striker will then be allowed to move on for a free transfer.

Bechler, a very well-informed journalist who among other things was one of the first to report Brazilian Neymar's move from Barcelona to Paris in 2017, said PSG's Qatari bosses are optimistic that they can get Messi to move to the Seine. Paris has a "more competitive project" than Barcelona, ​​and the financial offer from the Champions League semi-finalist is "inaccessible" to other clubs.

According to Spanish media reports, Barcelona have not yet made an offer to extend the expiring contract. That was surprising, it said in "Cadena Ser" - especially since the new club boss Joan Laporta has said several times that he is convinced that the six-time world footballer will not change. In Paris, Messi's compatriot Ángel Di María said in February that there were "good chances" for a move.

The Catalan newspaper "Sport" reported that Barcelona wanted to bring Neymar back in the summer to persuade Messi to stay.

Update April 26th, 2021, 1:18 p.m.

The financial difficulties of FC Barcelona will also affect the contract poker with Lionel Messi. According to "ESPN", the newly elected President Joan Laporta is well aware that Barca Messi cannot offer the current annual salary of the rumored 75 million euros.

The Blaugrana want to offer Messi a two-year contract plus an option to renew. Laporta also wants to convince Messi to stay with a possible top transfer.

According to the club's chairman, the chances of Messi staying would increase if stars like Erling Haaland or Neymar were signed.

Update April 21, 2021, 7:20 p.m.

It seemed certain that superstar Lionel Messi and his house-and-yard club FC Barcelona will part ways in the summer - but now everything could turn out differently. This is reported by the Argentine online newspaper "El Gráfico".

Accordingly, La Pulga is ready to extend his contract for another two years until the end of the 2022/23 season. Then the Argentine wants to end his career in the USA at Inter Miami.

In order for this scenario to become a reality, however, Messi should demand reinforcements and continuity in the coaching bench from Barca. Messi's good friend Sergio Agüero is said to be among the reinforcements in question.

Update April 20, 2021, 8:24 a.m.

FC Barcelona is by no means involved in hectic actions in the Lionel Messi case. As the "Mundo Deportivo" reports, so far there has only been one lunch between the superstar and club president Joan Laporta.

As a result, there have not yet been any official explorations. This is probably due, among other things, to the fact that Messi's father Jorge Horacio, who represents his filius in an advisory capacity, first has to meet personal obligations in Italy.

It can be assumed that the talks will then pick up speed. It is said that one would like to begin this "in peace, discreetly and confidentially".

Update April 19, 2021, 12:40 p.m.

Lionel Messi's father and agent Jorge Messi was spotted in the stands at the Estadi Johan Cruyff in Barcelona on Sunday watching a second team match. Corresponding images were published by the Spanish "Marca".

According to the trade journal, however, there were no talks about his son's expiring contract. It is rather unlikely that the dialogue will be resumed in the near future.

The reason for this is Barca's extremely tense financial situation. The renowned club is depressed by a mountain of debt of over one billion euros.

Update 04/11/2021, 09:15 a.m.

Is a power struggle breaking out in Barcelona between Lionel Messi and his current coach Ronald Koeman? After the 1: 2 defeat in Cláisco against Real Madrid, the championship chances of the Catalans, who are now one point behind the two capital city clubs Real and Atlético (1 game less), have fallen.

In order to be better positioned in the coming season, the coach and superstar are calling for new signings, but are not in agreement on the personnel issue. Rumors have been circulating for weeks that Koeman would like to sign dream player Memphis Depay from Olympique Lyon. According to "Don Balon", however, Messi is said to have vetoed club boss Joan Laporta. Accordingly, "La Pulga" should not be convinced that Depay has what it takes to withstand the pressure in Barcelona. Instead, he would like to make his Argentinian compatriot Sergio Aguero, who will leave the Premier League after 10 years at Manchester City and who played with Messi for many years in the national team, a teammate at the Blaugrana.

Both players can leave their clubs for free in the summer. President Laporta could now tip the scales. From a sporting point of view, a commitment of the 27-year-old Depay to the 33-year-old Aguero should appear more sensible, not least because of the age. But after Messi's change and the subsequent resignation of ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Laporta should be warned and want to satisfy his star player.

Update April 9th, 2021, 9:31 am

Franco Di Santo would like Lionel Messi to extend his expiring contract with FC Barcelona. Di Santo would think it would be "cool" if Messi were to play for a club in the Premier League or in Italy. The former FC Schalke 04 striker pleaded with "Goal.com" that Messi Barca should remain.

"I would like to see him stay at Barcelona so that he can continue working on his legacy," said Di Santo. "If I were in his place I would ignore what people say and do what my heart says. I would do what is best for my family and me. Maybe that is to make Barcelona strong again."

Di Santo also believes Barca would not have won nearly as many titles without Messi. "He's the key to everything at Barcelona. And the style of play. He deserves to be respected for what he's won in recent years," said Di Santo, who joined San Lorenzo in Argentina last summer.

Update 04/04/2021, 2:31 p.m.

Andre Cury is convinced that Lionel Messi will extend his expiring contract with FC Barcelona. "I'm almost certain that Leo will stay with Barcelona," said the former Blaugrana scout to "Radio Continental".

"He will be happy there again and there will be a new team that will play well and in a year or two he will be number one again," added Cury.

For the former Barca player observer, the re-election of Joan Laporta is a step in the right direction. "I know the Messi story in Barcelona. He had a very good relationship with Laporta and now he's back. A lot of positive things are going to happen," said Cury.

Update March 31, 2021, 9:05 a.m.

Superstar Lionel Messi won't join Manchester City this summer. The designated English champions have already given up the fight for the Argentine and are looking for alternatives. This is reported by the Catalan newspaper "Sport".

Pep Guardiola and Co. reportedly firmly believe that Messi will extend his contract in Barcelona. Out of respect for Barca, they do not want to try to convince Messi to move after all, they say. This could only change if Messi sends a clear signal to the top club from Manchester.

For Messi, there are still two options on the table with a view to the summer: Either the Argentine stays at FC Barcelona. Or he can continue his career at Paris Saint-Germain. Besides ManCity, the French are the only club that could cope with Messi's horrific salary demands.

A final decision by the superstar should be announced at the end of the season at the earliest.

Update March 24th, 2021, 12:53 p.m.

FC Barcelona assistant coach Alfred Schreuder does not rule out Lionel Messi staying beyond the summer despite his contract expiring.

"I can't look into his head, but I know: All Barca fans and employees hope that he stays," the former Hoffenheim coach told Sport Bild. "What is clear: you can hardly imagine a Barcelona without Messi."

Recently, according to Schreuder, Messi is happier again in Barcelona. "The best thing we can see with him is that he is really enjoying football again," said Barca boss Ronald Koeman's assistant.

Messi's leaked mega salary of more than 555 million euros between 2017 and 2021 justified Schreuder: "The market now decides what is paid. What you also have to consider: hundreds of millions are paid for big players. Neymar, for example, switched for 222 Millions from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. Messi, on the other hand, came from his own youth.

Update 02/12/2021, 10:18 a.m.

In recent weeks, some stars from Paris Saint-Germain have repeatedly made headlines in the gazettes and resentment at FC Barcelona with their words about Lionel Messi. PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino defended the statements of Neymar, Ángel Di Maráa and Co. in an interview with the Spanish radio station "Onda Cero".

"If you are asked, what should you answer?", Justified the Tuchel successor, the Messi advances of his professionals. "It is normal for Di María to express his wish to play with Messi and it has to be accepted. It is obvious that everyone would like to play with Messi," said Pochettino, who is not an affront to FC Barcelona considered.

"We all respect each other and I'm the first to try to be correct. We have a great responsibility," the coach replied to the criticism from Spain. Words of praise for players from opposing teams are simply part of the game for Pochettino. After all, many Barca players also said "that they would like Neymar to return".

Update 02/09/2021, 10:21 am

Paris Saint-Germain makes no secret of the interest in Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona and publicly advertises the Argentine superstar. A behavior that the Paris capital club could still regret.

"PSG is making a mistake with the strategy they are using," ESPN quoted an insider as saying: "Leo doesn't like all that noise in the media, much less the kind of public comments."

Public wooing for PSG's Messi could now increase Manchester City's chances. According to the report, the Sky Blues want to make a new attempt at the attacker in March or April. Team manager Pep Guardiola and Co. do not want to rush anything and wait for the developments first.

Update 02/07/2021, 8:55 a.m.

After Barca coach Ronald Koeman had recently been very clear about the Paris Saint-Germain charm offensive to Lionel Messi ("disrespectful"), the Dutchman once again emphasized the importance of the multiple world footballer.

"Of course I would like it if he stays happy for many years to come. We need him," said the Dutch head coach of the Catalans on the day of the match before the La Liga game against Betis Sevilla on Sunday.

PSG colleague Mauricio Pochettino rowed back, apparently not wanting to heat the mood between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain before the direct duel in the Champions League: "Messi? We respect our rivals and the other clubs. Today we concentrate we're only looking at Ligue 1. The game isn't for ten days. Before that, there's the derby against Olympique Marseille and the cup game too. "

Barca and PSG cross blades in the first leg of the last 16 on February 16. The second leg will take place on March 10th in Paris.

Update 02/04/2021, 10:56 am

After Paris Saint-Germain's 3-0 win against Nîmes Olympique on Wednesday, Ángel Di María commented on speculation that his friend Lionel Messi would move from FC Barcelona to Paris. "The chances are good that Messi will join PSG," the Argentine told Canal +.

A statement that makes Barca coach Ronald Koeman incomprehensible. "I think that was disrespectful of him (Di María, editor's note)," said the Dutchman after the 5-3 win in extra time in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey against Granada.

"It has nothing to do with respect to talk about someone who is still a Barca player. That is not good, it is a mistake and it could heat the mood even further ahead of the Champions League clash," added Koeman with a view of the upcoming round of 16 between the two clubs in the premier class.

Update 02/03/2021, 9:13 a.m.

Lionel Messi's departure from FC Barcelona in the summer remains a realistic scenario. Coach Ronald Koeman now even fears that it will come to that. When asked whether he was confident or just hopeful that the Argentine would stay beyond the season, the Dutchman told "The Athletic": "I'm not confident."

Of course he hopes because Messi is "a great player who still wins games for us, for the team. I enjoy being his coach". He still couldn't imagine the superstar in a different jersey, said Koeman.

Before the season he met with Messi in his house, reported the Dutchman. "I knew he had problems with the club and I told him: 'I'm happy if you stay. If you don't stay, that's your decision, you have to clarify that with the club. If you stay, you will be part of it of the team and you can get the best out of yourself from this position. ' Little by little he accepted his situation, "said Koeman.

Update 01/30/2021, 9:24 a.m.

The public flirtation of PSG officials with superstar Lionel Messi is not well received in Barcelona. Barca presidential candidate Joan Laporta gave the French a hard time in the "L'Équipe" interview.

"I think it's inappropriate. It shows their inexperience at this level. You still have a lot to learn in world football," Laporta shot against the Parisians, who previously publicly stated in the person of sporting director Leonardo that a player like Messi would work for a club like PSG "always be on the list".

"I have no idea whether it was a spontaneous reaction or a communication error. For my part, I have always respected players from other clubs. I don't know whether they can get him [Messi]. Maybe so, if they continue to violate the guidelines of the Financial fair play violated ", Laporta rumbled against the French top club.

"I heard that they had big losses last year. I would be very interested to know if they break the rules of financial fair play if they get him. If that happens, I hope that UEFA and FIFA will act decisively," said Laporta, who is considered the favorite for the presidency in Barcelona.

Update 01/26/2021, 8:44 a.m.

Lionel Messi's contract with FC Barcelona expires at the end of the season. Paris Saint-Germain is said to have put out feelers for the Argentine. PSG star Leandro Paredes has now confirmed his club's interest in the Barca superstar.

"It's up to him whether he wants to come or not. In any case, PSG are trying to convince Messi," said Messi's colleague from the Argentine national team in an interview with the Italian newspaper "Corriere dello Sport".

Playing in a team with Messi is "a great prospect for Paredes. I hope it happens," said the 26-year-old midfielder.

Update. 01/20/2021, 8:52 am

PSG sporting director Leonardo already flirted with a signing from Lionel Messi earlier this week, saying players like the Argentine "will always be on our list". Shortly afterwards, Tuchel's successor Mauricio Pochettino also took a position on a possible change in the superstar.

Speaking to "Cadena SER", Pochettino said: "I have to be very careful when I talk about players from other clubs. But you always dream of having the best players on your team."

Update 01/19/2021, 7:47 a.m.

In a few weeks, Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona will meet in the Champions League round of 16.Now, of all times, the French interest in Barca superstar Lionel Messi seems to have flared up again - if it was ever gone.

Messi, whose contract expires in the summer and could consequently move on for a free transfer, flirted openly with a farewell to Catalonia last year. Even if things have calmed down in the meantime, there is currently little evidence of an extension at Barca.

PSG sports director Leonardo knows that - and is already in position. "Big players like Messi will always be on our list. We're sitting at the big table with the many interested parties in this matter. In fact, we haven't sat down yet, but our seat is reserved," said the Brazilian in an interview with "France Football" clear. Of course, "four months in football are an eternity, especially at this time".

With his statements, he triggered a huge response in Spain. "PSG are causing unrest with Messi," was the headline of the sports newspaper "Mundo Deportivo". The newspaper "Sport" also left no doubt about the Paris plan and opened its Tuesday edition with the headline "PSG try Messi".

Since the superstar is allowed to negotiate freely with interested parties in his last six months of contract, exciting months should be ahead ...

Update December 21, 2020, 12:10 p.m.

Lionel Messi was eager to leave Barcelona last summer, but his club blocked a transfer. Now the Argentine looked back on this complicated phase in an interview with "RAC1".

"It's true that I had a very difficult time in the summer. It was based on the stories that happened before. How last season ended, the registration, all these things," said Messi.

The veteran had faxed his change request to the bosses. In order to avoid a legal battle over the release clause and previous promises, he finally gave in and stayed with the Catalans.

However, the anger of the past few months seems to be gone. "I'm fine now. I'm looking forward to fighting for all the goals that lie ahead of us," said the 33-year-old, who recently got back into shape.

"I know the club is going through a difficult time, both in management and sport. Everything about Barcelona will be complicated - but I'm looking forward to the future."

After saying goodbye to Barcelona soon, these words no longer sound.

Update December 6th, 2020, 8:55 am

After Paris Saint-Germain's superstar Neymar publicly advertised the services of Lionel Messi, PSG sports director Leonardo has now spoken out.

"Messi at PSG? You know, it's normal for Neymar to tell an Argentine journalist. He had to talk about Messi. It's normal," said the 51-year-old on Canal +.

Leonardo did not want to provide any information about a possible Messi move to the French capital. "We have to respect others. He's a Barcelona player," he said, adding: "If someone talks about our players, we are not happy about them. So we leave the players of other clubs alone. Now is not them Time to think about the transfer window. "

Update December 4th, 2020, 9:00 p.m.

French serial champion Paris Saint-Germain is considering signing Lionel Messi next year. Thomas Tuchel's club is reportedly already working on a model with which the Argentine should be convinced of a signature. The US broadcaster "ESPN" claims to have found out.

Superstar Neymar and PSG sports director Leonardo apparently tinkered with a transfer Messi last summer, but as is well known, they went empty-handed at the time. But that shouldn't prevent the top French club from trying again.

From January 1st, Lionel Messi will be able to officially negotiate a move with other clubs. It is anything but impossible that "La Pulga" will get a call from Paris. The Paris club boss Nasser Al-Khelaifi said this week when asked about Messi's future: "I can't talk about that at the moment."

However, the personal details of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé should have priority for PSG. The Champions League finalist from the previous season would like to extend the season prematurely with both superstars. Only then do you apparently want to devote yourself to Messi.

Update 11/23/2020, 9:45 a.m.

Manchester City have given up the battle for Lionel Messi. After Pep Guardiola's club was still thinking about transferring the Argentine in the summer, this chapter is now closed, reports "Sky" expert Semra Hunter.

"I know from a reliable source that Manchester City won't bid for Messi. As of today, that door is closed," said Hunter, who cited two reasons for Sky Blues' exit from poker: "His age and finances. He's bending in the second half of life and is no longer the Messi we have known from the last 17 years. [...] Then there are the finances, which would be a huge burden for any club, especially in the middle of a global pandemic. "

Should Messi continue to want to leave FC Barcelona and Manchester actually withdraw from poker, the superstar had few alternatives. Paris Saint-Germain is one of the few, possibly the only club that could financially lift the deal.

Update 11/19/2020, 10:04 a.m.

Even regardless of the increasing speculation about his person, Lionel Messi was extremely thin-skinned on Thursday.

"I'm getting tired of always being the problem at the club," said the 33-year-old striker on arrival in Barcelona after two World Cup qualifiers with the Argentine national team in South America. "Messi explodes," headlined the newspaper "Mundo Deportivo".

At the airport of the Catalan capital, the professional, visibly exhausted after the intercontinental flight, was besieged by a cluster of journalists and fans on Wednesday on the way to his car. A media representative asked him what he said about the statements of an ex-agent of his French team-mate Antoine Griezmann. Eric Olhats had heavily criticized the six-time world footballer and spoke of a "terror regime" by the Argentine. "You are either for him or against him."

Visibly stressed from the long journey back to Spain, Messi also commented: "In addition, the tax authorities were waiting for me after a 15-hour flight. It's madness."

Update 11/18/2020, 10:40 a.m.

After Manchester City failed with the transfer efforts for Lionel Messi in the summer, the Citizens want to make a new attempt in January. This is reported by the "Sun".

Accordingly, the Premier League club is preparing for a new offer in winter. There is talk of a transfer fee of less than 56 million euros. The fact that Barca is financially in a tight spot should be accommodated by Manchester City.

Messi is only tied to the Catalans until the end of the season. An extension of his working paper is unlikely. If Barca still wants to make money with the Argentine superstar, he would have to be sold in winter.

Update November 16, 2020, 9:50 a.m.

In the summer of 2020, Lionel Messi surprisingly announced that he wanted to leave FC Barcelona. However, the Catalans insisted that the superstar fulfills his contract, which expires at the end of June 2021. However, contract poker could ultimately cost the club dearly.

Ten goal participations in ten competitive games in 2020/21 (6 goals / 4 assists) impressively underscore the enormous importance of Messi for FC Barcelona, ​​but according to "ESPN" the Catalans have to go twice in their jerseys for the Argentine's supposedly last season Grab bag.

In addition to his royal salary, according to "statista.com", Messi is expected to rake in around 35 million euros net per season, and a loyalty bonus of 33 million euros is due in the summer of 2021. According to the report, this must be paid even if Messi actually leaves the club, according to "ESPN" with reference to unspecified sources from the club's environment.

A great burden for FC Barcelona, ​​especially in view of the rampant corona pandemic. The club recently announced that it would have to make salary adjustments of 191 million euros due to a lack of income.

Update 11/12/2020, 9:32 a.m.

The change request submitted by Lionel Messi in the summer shook FC Barcelona to its foundations. In the last few weeks, the situation around the superstar has calmed down only slightly. The theater could start all over again in January.

It is still far from certain whether Lionel Messi will also wear the FC Barcelona jersey in the 2021/22 season. Although the Argentine decided to stay this year despite the wish to change for the good of the club, a farewell next summer is still possible. The hurdles for a future at Barca are apparently high.

Spanish media report that the superstar is attaching a few conditions to a contract extension with the Catalans. According to "Marca" the most important: the new president. Only if the successor to the resigned Josep Maria Bartomeu convinces the Argentine with his plans, Messi will sign a new working paper, it is said.

Messi wants to know how and with whom the club is planning on the post of sports director, what the ideas on the coaching position will look like and what the approach to the transfer market will be, writes the "Marca".

In addition, the athletic performance of FC Barcelona will allegedly play a role in Messi's decision. In other words: Only if the club is successful and has a team that can play for the big titles will "La Pulga" give Barca a second chance.

According to "Marca", Messi will not make a decision about his future until the end of the season. So he can evaluate the current season in its entirety.

Update 11/10/2020, 11:32 a.m.

In the summer of 2019, FC Barcelona flipped a whopping 120 million euros on the table to free Antoine Griezmann from Atlético Madrid. A sum that the offensive player has not yet been able to justify on the pitch. The fact that the Frenchman is chasing the expectations associated with the horrific transfer is allegedly mainly due to Barca top dog Lionel Messi.

"Antoine came to a club where Messi has everything in view. He is emperor and king and did not welcome Antoine's commitment. He regretted it and let him feel it too," said Griezmann's ex-agent Eric Olhats to "France Football" .

Although he heard Griezmann say several times that there was no problem with Messi, he never noticed that the Argentine refuted the speculations. Rumors quickly circulated in the media that the two superstars would not get along, even ignoring Messi Griezmann on the pitch. A claim that confirms Olhats.

However, he goes further in his statements and raises serious allegations against Messi. The 33-year-old leads "a terror regime" at FC Barcelona. "Either you're up for him or you're against him," Olhats said. Messi created "traumatic conditions" for Griezmann that left their mark.

Update November 1st, 2020, 10:06 am

FC Barcelona is becoming more and more of a chaos club. Financially, the Catalans are threatened with bankruptcy, and the team in the Spanish league is only mediocre in terms of sport. And the continuity that once existed in the coaching bench is long gone.

Ex-coach Quique Setién believes that Lionel Messi of all people makes the job on the Barca bench so complicated - and looks back on the debacle against Bayern in the Champions League.

"I think Messi is the best of all time," said Setién, who was sacked in August after just seven months, praising the Argentine superstar in an interview with "El País". There have already been many great players, "but nobody has had the continuity that this boy has shown over the years. If at all, then Pele," said the 62-year-old football teacher enthusiastically about his former protégé.

But as good as Messi is, he hasn’t made life in the dugout easier for Setién. "There are players who are not that easy to train. Leo is one of them. That's true. You always have to keep in mind: He's the best of all time. Who am I that I should change him?" former Barca coach that it is quite difficult to implement your ideas with a player like Messi in the squad.

Update 10/11/2020, 12:28 p.m.

For a few weeks it looked like Lionel Messi could turn his back on FC Barcelona this summer. According to matching media reports, Manchester City positioned itself as a promising buyer for the Argentine superstar - and is also toying with a Messi commitment for 2021.

"He's the best player in the world, he's the best player of his generation, he makes all the difference on and off the pitch. Any club in the world would be looking at the possibility of signing him," said Omar Berrada, chief operating officer at the English runner-up, the "Manchester Evening News".

The fact that Messi, whose contract with the Catalans expires after the season, was recently linked with a move to City shows "how far our team has come in recent years," added Berrada.

Messi could "probably be an exception to potential investments that we would make," said the city manager. Given the developments at Barca, however, it is "impossible to predict" how the 33-year-old will be in the coming summer, said Berrada.

"We have to be prepared for every single position because so many things can happen. At the same time, I think we have the financial strength and the systematic ability to make investments when necessary."

However, Berrada also recalled that the Sky Blues had "two of the best strikers in the world" in their ranks in Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus. With this in mind, City are "in no hurry" to find possible reinforcements for the offensive department.

Update 09/30/2020, 12:25 p.m.

Lionel Messi wants to leave the disputes with FC Barcelona behind. After the spectacular exchange farce, the world footballer was now conciliatory.

Almost in anticipation, Lionel Messi looked up at the sky, wearing the jersey he loved so much on his shoulders. Of course, they chose this photo of the world footballer trying to appease FC Barcelona after times of turmoil. "Messi asks for peace and unity", headlined the Catalan daily newspaper "Sport" in oversized white and yellow letters above the image of the most formative face in Barca's club history. The guerrilla war seems to be over.

Messi has apparently had enough of the dispute with the club's management. He said in an interview with "Sport" that he "would like to" put a point behind the matter after all the disagreements ":" If I've made mistakes, it's only to make Barca stronger and better. " So forget everything. Above all, Messi wants to make the fans understand that they don't have to worry about him or the club: Everyone behind FC Barcelona "has to stick together. The best is yet to come".

Update 09/25/2020, 12:25 p.m.

Lionel Messi has heavily criticized FC Barcelona for saying goodbye to longtime teammate and good friend Luis Suárez.

"The truth is that nothing surprises me at this point," wrote the 33-year-old Argentine in his farewell message on Instagram.

"You deserve to be adopted for who you are: one of the most important players in the club's history," wrote Messi: "And not to be adopted as they did."

The Uruguayan striker fell victim to the upheaval under the new coach Ronald Koeman and signed a two-year contract with league rivals Atlético Madrid.

Update September 12th, 2020, 9:00 p.m.

The Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi remains the first captain of the Spanish top club FC Barcelona even after the recent quarrels about himself.

As the Catalans announced on Saturday, the 33-year-old was confirmed in his office, which he has held since he left Andres Iniesta in 2018. The other team captains for the third season in a row are Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto.

Update 04.09.2020, 7:04 p.m.

The tug of war between Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona is over after ten days, with the worse end for the six-time world footballer.

Messi has to bow to the will of his club and remains - probably gritting his teeth - with the Spanish runners-up. He did not want to drag the "club of his life" to court, said the 33-year-old in an interview published on Friday evening on "goal.com" and "Spox". In one year, however, he can leave for a free transfer.

Messi wanted to leave the club, for which he has been playing since he was 13, this summer before his contract, which runs until June 2021, expires. He had announced this to the Catalans' executive suite by registered letter on August 25th. The bad news was received by the club and "Culés" - the fans of FC Barcelona - just eleven days after the disastrous 8-2 in the Champions League quarter-finals against FC Bayern in Lisbon.

But now everyone can breathe a sigh of relief, the soap opera is over, Messi stays in Barcelona and continues to be a club-mate of national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen. Club president Josep Bartomeu made it clear to him that he could only have changed if the transfer clause stipulated in the contract had been activated, the Argentine said in an interview. According to media reports, this transfer fee amounts to 700 million euros. "And that's impossible," Messi admitted.

"The other option," the professional explained in the interview, "was for a judge to sort it out. But I would never go to court against Barça because it is the club I love. They have given me everything since I came here . It's the club of my life. "

Messi was actually convinced that he should have made a free transfer. He relied on a clause in his contract that should allow him to terminate unilaterally and even to change free of charge. The deadline had already expired at this point, as not only the club, but also the Spanish professional league emphasized several times in the past few days.