Lionel Messi will sign his new contract with FC Barcelona very soon, possibly today, and will be available to play against Juventus in the Joan Gamper Trophy match. That’s the latest news from Spain as La Liga is set to accept a big cash injection from an investment company in exchange for a stake in the league.
The Gamper Trophy, a friendly cup intended to be the Catalans’ curtain raiser for the season, is getting hyped as another meeting between two of the best footballers in history, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It will take place this Sunday.
However, it was initially not known if Messi would take place as his contract with Barcelona had expired. The club was struggling to register their players under La Liga’s salary cap rules, making the whole thing very nebulous.
The investment from CVC Capital Partners into Spanish football will allow Barcelona to register Messi comfortably as he takes on a 50% wage cut. It’s understood that it’s all agreed between Messi and the club, and only the signature and official announcement is required at this point.
The player himself is currently landing in Barcelona from the last leg of his vacations, in Ibiza. He is expected to give his traditional speech before the Gamper match as captain of the team.
Ronaldo has also been linked with a move away from Turin as well, although he will almost certainly still be a part of Juventus at least by the time the Gamper Trophy is played.