Barcelona is ready to offer Lionel Messi a lifetime contract to tie him to the club even after his retirement.
The Argentine’s contract situation has dominated headlines in recent days after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed Messi has a clause in his current contract which would allow him to walk away from free at the end of the current season.
However, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona is not concerned about the future of its star and is prepared to offer him a lifetime contract as a sign of its undying commitment to Messi.
This is by no means a new idea for Barcelona officials, who have toyed with the idea of offering Messi such a contract for months, but plans have started to be put into motion as a result of all the recent speculation.
Having said that, the champions of La Liga are in no rush to force through the deal, as they are believed to be completely confident that Messi remains 100% committed to the club. Formal negotiations are expected to begin in the coming months.
Barcelona believes that Messi will remain at the club until at least 2022, so as to feature for Argentina at the World Cup in Qatar that year. After that tournament, he will begin to think about his next move.
It is thought that Messi would like to return to Argentina to play for Newell’s Old Boys before he retires, while a stint in Major League Soccer is also suggested, and Barcelona is completely happy to allow Messi to fulfil either dream before returning to Camp Nou in some capacity.