Lionel Messi hangs on new contract in Barcelona with President Josep Bartomeu still with the club after a chaotic season at the Nou Camp
- Lionel Messi has been pausing for an indefinite period of talks about a new contract with Barcelona
- Club’s best player ever is reluctant to sign with Josep Bartomeu still there
- It has been a chaotic season as Messi has clashed with the Barca hierarchy
Lionel Messi has ended new contract talks with Barcelona indefinitely due to the club’s problems both on and off the pitch.
Real Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao on Sunday to take another step towards the title and Messi, who is still enraged by several off-the-field controversies this season, is not going to make a new deal with the to put current President Josep Bartomeu on paper.
His current deal runs until 2021 when Bartomeu’s term ends and Messi, who turns 34 next summer, is likely to still stay and sign with a new president.
Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s greatest player ever, is reluctant to sign a new deal with the club
The Catalan club has had a chaotic year in which Josep Bartomeu collided with Messi
Not signing his friend Neymar last summer; the scandal of a company employed by Barcelona to check if social media is linked to online accounts with negative stories about him and his family, and an attempt by Barcelona Sporting director Eric Abidal to blame Messi for the dismissal from Ernesto Valverde in January, all have irritated the club’s best player.
Barcelona’s woes are currently compounded by Sergio Ramos leading Real Madrid to the league title.
Not signing old friend Neymar is one of the many things that have annoyed Messi about this campaign
A 4-1 victory over Villarreal on an evening that showed Barcelona they will not give up the Spanish title without a fight.
An own goal by Pau Torres opened the score for Barca before the goals of Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Ansu Fati secured the win for the second-placed team.
Messi, as he so often is, was instrumental and the connection between the captain and the £ 120m Griezmann for the third goal was exactly what Barca fans have been craving since the Frenchman joined in the summer.