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Lionel Messi edges closer to a renewal at Barcelona - report

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A new deal now looking to be a “matter of time”

Barcelona and Lionel Messi’s representatives have been negotiating a new deal for a few weeks now, with multiple positive meetings held between Jorge Messi, Leo’s father and agent, and club president Joan Laporta.

Reliable reports in Spain are now suggesting that Messi has reached an agreement with Laporta to renew his contract for two more years. As per the same, Barcelona is hoping to finalize the agreement between today or tomorrow, coinciding with Messi’s 34th birthday.

Furthermore, although not 100% confirmed yet, this deal will likely include an option to renew for an additional year — a 2+1 deal. Once his contract is over, he’ll have the opportunity to head over to the United States as a Barça ambassador and play for David Beckham’s Inter Miami. In fact, Messi’s desire to play in the US one day was confirmed by him itself in an interview last December:

Messi told La Sexta: “I’ve always said that I have the illusion of living and playing in the United States, it has always been one of my dreams. But if it will happen or not, I don’t know.”

As far as the finances and economics are concerned, Messi is ready to accept a wage cut. His love for Barcelona is unquestionable and he will always be ready to help the club whenever necessary. La Pulga has never been a player who’ll say “increase my salary and I’ll renew”, he isn’t guided by money.

As always, Messi’s main condition to a new deal at Barcelona has always been the sporting project. Many people who personally know Leo have said that he wants to win trophies, he doesn’t like it when he isn’t challenging for silverware on a collective level. The captain has even said previously he’s not motivated by money, only playing.

Lionel Messi trusts Joan Laporta and they have an excellent relationship between one another. “Leo knows that whenever I’ve made him a promise, it has been fulfilled. He knows that and has even told me personally, he values it very much”, said Laporta during the election campaign earlier this year.

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Lionel Messi signed his first contract with Barcelona on a paper napkin in December 2000. Since then, he has scored 672 goals in 778 appearances and is Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer. Leo’s renewal is no longer a matter of if, but a matter of when.

Barring any last minute surprises, the story between Messi and Barcelona will continue.