This summer’s serial called Lionel Messi is holding up well. The Argentine superstar always has in mind the departure from Barcelona. But his father and agent, Jorge, yesterday left an open window for Leo to stay at least until 2021, when his contract expires.
The 700 million euro clause in Messi’s contract and the refusal of the management of the Catalan team not to reduce in the slightest its demands, having the full support of the football federation certainly creates a serious and quite complicated issue.
Lionel, who was waiting for his father who would have a meeting with the president of Barcelona, Bartomeu, was not calm. In order to relax, he played tennis with his friend and teammate, regardless of whether the new coach, Ronald Koeman, told him that he was not considered for the new season, Luis Suarez and Pepe Costa.
Of course, outside Lionel’s house, the journalists had set up the cameras and tried as much as they could to capture a word or a scene. In vain though. Messi did not move it even for a minute from his home. It was, in fact, the first day that the representatives of the Media were able to see Messi even from afar, from the day he sent the famous burofax to the management of the club, lighting fires.
Before meeting his son, Jorge Messi responded in one word to a journalist from Deportes Cuatro.
«Is it possible for Messi to stay and leave free in 2021?» the journalist asked.
«Yes,» Jorge Messi replied from the car. For the first time, Messi’s father-agent opened the door for a possible change in the whole situation. However, he later clarified that his answer was «I do not know.»
In any case, whether it was «yes» or «I do not know», Jorge did not rule out the possibility of Lionel continuing in the Catalan team, when the previous day he had made it clear that it was very «difficult» for Messi to continue in Barcelona. What is clear is that they will not accept an offer of renewal now, but they no longer rule out the expiration of the contract and the departure of Messi after a year whose contract expires.
Maxi Biancucchi, the footballer’s cousin, expressed doubts whether Messi will leave Barcelona.
Real Madrid international Croatian midfielder Luca Modric commented that Messi’s departure would be a great loss for LaLiga. Juan Carlos Unzué said that Leo’s intentions to leave Barcelona were due to reasonable reasons, while the old Real star, Fernando Redondo, also expressed his surprise for Messi’s decision and said that it would be best to continue to plays for Barcelona.
All this, as we all understand, shows that there may be a disunity in Messi’s family and Leo is called at some point to make the final decision alone: Does he stay or does he leave and when?
Surely the serial holds well and will keep us busy for days…