Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes Lionel Messi WILL ‘sign a new contract’ at Nou Camp

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Barcelona legend Rivaldo is confident that Lionel Messi WILL sign a new contract at Nou Camp, claiming he ‘looks a lot more connected and happier since Joan Laporta’s arrival’.

  • Lionel Messi’s future in Barcelona has been in serious doubt since last summer
  • The Argentinian star tried to force his way through Nou Camp’s exit doors
  • But after failing to fulfill his wish, he begins to rediscover his best form
  • Now Rivaldo claims he is confident Messi will sign a new deal with Barça

Brazilian icon Rivaldo claims he is confident that Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with Barcelona following Joan Laporta’s appointment as president.

Messi stunned Barcelona last summer when he tried to push for an exit after becoming disillusioned with the procedures both on and off the field, but the Spaniards held their ground.

The Argentinian’s future is still questionable, with the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain showing interest, but he has begun to rediscover his best form for Barça, which has seen a surge in performance recently.

Argentine star Lionel Messi has been at the center of Barcelona's recent resurgence in form

Argentine star Lionel Messi has been at the center of Barcelona’s recent resurgence in form

And Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes Messi – who has no contract this summer – looks much happier at the club again, claiming Laporta’s arrival is due.

Rivaldo told BetfairBarcelona has been improving enormously in recent weeks by taking advantage of Messi’s excellent form and the election of a new president.

Messi looks a lot more connected and happier since Laporta’s arrival – a president he knows well.

For that reason, I am increasingly starting to believe that Messi might reach an agreement with the new board and sign a new contract to stay with the club for a few more years.

“Messi gained confidence with the new presidential election – someone he has a close relationship with – which made him more likely to consider staying a little longer.”

Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes Messi will eventually sign a new contract at Nou Camp

Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes Messi will eventually sign a new contract at Nou Camp

Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes Messi will eventually sign a new contract at Nou Camp

Messi had a troubled relationship with the club’s much-maligned ex-president Josep Bartomeu and tried to push for a free transfer last summer, but Barça insisted his dazzling £ 629 million release clause be met by suitors.

Messi’s future will be one of the first appeals for Laporta to speak as president after being appointed in early March.

During Laporta’s campaign trail, he made prioritizing Messi’s future central to his plans – with the Argentine even voting in the elections himself.

But Laporta knows that a deal to extend Messi’s time at Nou Camp will be difficult to seal given Barca’s financial crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Messi has been in imperious form lately for Barça, who are now back in the race for the La Liga title.

Ronald Koeman’s side are currently just four points behind leader Atlético Madrid with 10 games to go, with Real Madrid two further back.

Rivaldo says Messi “looks a lot happier” since Joan Laporta’s appointment as president

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