Lionel Messi is going to spend at least one more year with Barcelona.
The world’s best player had an exit clause in his contract that allowed him to leave without a transfer fee, but that expired at Midnight according to Marca.com.
Messi has 19 goals and 12 assists in just 22 La Liga appearances this season, one of just four players in Europe’s top five leagues to collect double-digit goals and assists (Jadon Sancho, Serge Gnabry, Alassane Plea).
It had been reported since November that Messi would not exercise his option to leave the club, but there were numerous reasons to think he might rethink things given problems at Barcelona.
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There been chaos in the board room and players including Messi were angry to be thrown under the proverbial bus when Ernesto Valverde was fired early this year.
Notably, he called Barcelona “home” but noted “weird things happening” at the Camp Nou.
And there were, with the club denying accusations it used an outside firm to slander current and former players on social media. The club saw six board members resign in April.
Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall for the calls that headed to his reps from clubs across the world?