Barcelona in Lionel Messi limbo as new contract remains unsigned
Lionel Messi is yet to sign the new Barcelona contract that was announced in July amid an early-season meltdown on and off the pitch.
Barca revealed last month that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, 30, had agreed a fresh deal which will see him stay at Camp Nou until 2021.
A press release on the club's website stated: "The deal will be signed in the coming weeks, when Messi returns to the team for pre-season training."
But after Wednesday night's 2-0 loss at Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa - a 5-1 aggregate defeat - Barcelona were forced to defend the fact that Messi is yet to put pen to paper on deal.
At the unveiling of new €40 million signing Paulinho on Thursday, vice-president Jordi Mestre said: "It is all agreed and we are waiting for a date for the signing. Everything is in place, with just the signature missing.
However, Mestre infamously claimed Neymar would "200 per cent" be staying at Camp Nou this summer, which proved to be emphatically wrong when Paris Saint-Germain bid his €222m release clause earlier in August.
The Argentine striker recently engaged in a battle with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in a 2 0 loss in the second leg of the Super Cup.
With the absence of former winger NEYMAR Jr, the la liga giant have suffered defeat in both legs of the super cup and heavily missed the Brazilian player, which messi teammate "Sergio bisquet revealed the team needs new players to replace the former player.
Now the thinking of people is Will messi leave Barcelona? Or he doesn't like the New Manager?