Barcelona allegedly intend to offer superstar Lionel Messi a lifetime contract, according to club CEO Oscar Grau. Messi has been introduced with a brand new four-year deal, but Grau revealed in the club’s annual general meeting Saturday that the Blaugrana are planning for a lengthier arrangement, per Sam Marsden of ESPN.co.uk: Speaking to Spanish publication Sport (h/t another report from Marsden), Bartomeu said the only things missing were “the official photograph and the protocol of the signature.” Perhaps the most critical point from Grau concerns the suggestion Messi has already signed his contract. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu transferred to reassure fans Messi had agreed to the terms even though no official statement had been made.
It is not worthwhile for Barca to take a risk with Messi’s future. He might be 30, but the supremely gifted No. 10 stays the most gifted player on earth.
Marsden noted how the problem prompted “concern throughout the last year, as Barca have allowed Messi’s deal to run dangerously close to its 2018 expiry.” Even during a downward effort for its Blaugrana last year, Messi stood outside. He bagged an amazing 48 goals in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League, per livescore123.com liveskor “Messi signed a four-year deal in June, but the club will offer him a lifetime contract. The idea is for Leo, who has been here since he was little, to stay here for life because he is an icon. After his playing days, we want him to continue to be linked to the club.” Barcelona CEO Says Blaugrana to Offer Lionel Messi a Lifetime Contract
Such facts are far from small, but Grau’s suggestion Barca plan on supplying a deal for life suggests that the club would like to avoid the hazards of letting Messi get without signing an extension.