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Rivaldo: ‘This is Messi’s last season at Barca’

Former Barca midfielder Rivaldo does not believe the old team can retain Lionel Messi after the current season.

“Messi has received better offers from other clubs. I don’t know what the Barca leader will do to convince him to give in,” Rivaldo told Betfair.

The contract between Messi and Barca will expire in the summer of 2021. The owner of the six Golden Balls said, he is not in a hurry to negotiate with any club until he becomes a free player. However, Messi’s door to Man City became bright when Pep Guardiola agreed to extend it until the summer of 2023.

At the end of August 2020, Messi sent a burofax to his leader, offering to leave Barca. The striker believes he has rights, as a clause in a 2017 contract allows the Argentine superstar to unilaterally terminate the contract. However, Barca is determined not to compromise. Due to concerns that the case could lead to legal battles, Messi agreed to stay 10 days after expressing his request to leave.

Despite making internal confusion, Messi continued to be used. He helped Barca win three matches in the Champions League group stage. In La Liga, the Catalonia team ranked eighth, nine points behind Real Sociedad.

Besides the performance factor, the fact that Barca has to cut the salary fund, according to Rivaldo, will also be a factor in Messi’s departure. . It shows that signing a new contract with Lionel Messi will be very difficult, by affecting the annual salary increase for him “.

On Saturday evening, November 21, Barca was a guest of Atletico, in the context of the Madrid team without Messi’s best friend – Luis Suarez, who had just acquired Covid-19. We all know the quality of Suarez. With leaving the Camp Nou as though outcast, he will have a lot of motivation to punish him,” Rivaldo said. punish the old club and show the leaders of Barca wrong. Without Suarez it is a big loss for Atletico “.