According to the Spanish newspaper AS, Lionel Messi has recently rejected Barcelona’s opening offer for a new contract. The Argentine’s current deal is set to be over by June 2018 and the club has been desperately extend his stay by negotiating with his father, who also works as his agent, for months.
The paper reports that Barcelona offered Messi a salary understood to be worth around €30 to €35 million net per season. However, the player is not happy with the deal and is prepared to wait for an improved offer. Despite turning 30 next month, Messi is still proving to be the most important player at the club — scoring 49 goals in 48 matches this season.
Negotiations over a fresh new deal are still ongoing, with both parties hoping to reach an agreement soon. Messi’s camp is holding out until they get a deal better than the elusive new extensions Luis Suarez and Neymar signed earlier this season.
Good news for the player though, is FIFA announced today that they will lift his ban in World Cup qualifiers. Messi was initially suspended for four matches due to insulting referees. However, the appeal committee said that evidence was not sufficient and he will be free to participate in Argentina’s remaining games.