Surprisingly, the world’s best player Lionel Messi is currently a free agent as Barcelona cannot sign a new contract with him because of the financial guidelines of La Liga.
Barcelona are already over the financial cut off and need to bring down their expenses in order to re-sign Messi.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed during Emerson’s presentation that he wants more flexibility from La Liga regarding the contract of Lionel Messi.
Laporta said, via Marca, when asked about Messi and about the status of the signings that have already been made this summer, namely Emerson, Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay: “The players that we’re signing within the parameters of financial fair play can all be registered,”
“Then, we’d like more flexibility from LaLiga if possible, like other leagues across the continent have done for teams.”
“Then, we could sign some more players.”
“As for Messi, it’s going well. We’re trying to resolve the issues that need to be resolved. They’re important, but we’re getting on with this.”
“We all want Messi to be in LaLiga because he’s a global superstar and attracts fans and his presence helps LaLiga.”
“I share the words of the Getafe president [who said LaLiga should be more flexible].”
Laporta said when asked if Messi could be present at the Joan Gamper Trophy match on Sunday: “We’re working on it, but some issues haven’t been resolved.”
“Things are progressing well. We said we’d do everything possible within Barcelona’s possibilities for Messi to continue at Barcelona and we’re in that process.”
“I continue to see high chances of that happening.”
“He wants to stay at Barcelona. We want to make that happen.”
“His priority is to stay at Barcelona. We’re grateful for that.”
“[Do I dream about him at night?] I have sweet dreams when I dream of Messi.”