Lionel Messi halts Barcelona contract talks past 2021

Monday, 06 Jul, 2020

"I will speak with him tomorrow, I won't say sorry because (it's about) decisions", Setien said.

Messi scored his 700th goal in Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Star striker Lionel Messi has reportedly expressed his unwillingness to renew his contract with Barcelona, which is set to expire next year.

The situation of Griezmann at Barcelona He is going through his worst moment since the Frenchman's arrival at the Camp Nou, which has begun to unleash the news about his possible departure.

"Despite his connection to the club, he has the right to move if he wants and reuniting with Pep Guardiola at City will be tempting for him, as the two of them formed a great coach and player partnership at Barca".

Messi reacted publicly when sporting director Eric Abidal appeared to blame the players for the sacking of Ernesto Valverde in January. The athlete is reportedly upset by the club's unimpressive performance this season, as Blaugrana recently surrendered its first place in La Liga to arch-rivals Real Madrid, which is now four points clear of Barca.

But what made Dugarry annoyed during Barcelona's game against Atletico was the introduction of his fellow countryman Antoine Griezmann two minutes before the end of the game. And in April, he criticized the board for implying players were not willing to accept a pay-cut to help ease the team's financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic.

There have been reports of Barcelona players falling out with Quique Setien recently in which the likes of Messi and Suarez are said to be ignoring some instructions.

With problems piling up and with a good chance that Barcelona might not win a single title this season, this may be the beginning of the end of Messi's career in Barcelona.

Unless Barcelona unexpectedly go all the way next month, it will be five years since the world's best player has won the Champions League.

There was further controversy over the result as marquee summer signing Griezmann, who has failed to catch fire in Catalunya after arriving from Atleti, was restricted to just a few minutes of play against the former side, despite the 29-year-old warming up for much of the second half.