Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona’s final game of the 2020/21 season, the club has confirmed – sparking more speculation over the superstar’s future.
The Catalan club were knocked out of the LaLiga title race last week as they were beaten 2-1 by Celta Vigo.
Lionel Messi has scored an astonishing 672 goals in his Barcelona career[/caption]
While Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will battle it out on the final day, Barca face bottom side Eibar in a dead rubber.
It is the first time for 13 years the Nou Camp outfit has finished outside the top two in what has been a hugely disappointing season – despite winning the Copa del Rey.
Now the club’s star player Lionel Messi, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has been given permission to miss the Eibar clash – with the maestro granted an extended period of rest ahead of this summer’s Copa America.
The club posted on Twitter: “Leo Messi is not training today with the coach’s permission and will not play against Eibar.”
Speculation continues to surround Messi’s future with his contract up this summer.
If he does decide to leave, then the decision means he will already have played his final game for the club he has spent his entire career at.
Last summer, Messi told Barcelona he wanted to leave and wanted to activate a clause in his contract that would allow him to depart for nothing.
Barcelona fought Messi and argued that the clause had in fact expired and the Argentine was forced to stay.
Barcelona finished outside the top two for the first time in 13 years[/caption]
His relationship with the club’s hierarchy improved following Josep Maria Bartomeu’s departure while ally Joan Laporta was elected as president.
After a relatively slow start to the season, he finished with 38 goals in all competitions, including 30 in LaLiga.
Messi could still yet sign a new contract with the club, with Barca reportedly hoping their plans to bring in Sergio Aguero on a free transfer from Man City may convince him to stay.
The Sun reported last week that Man City’s interest in Messi is still very real, in a deal that would see the Argentine reunited with his former Barca manager Pep Guardiola, but they would have to pay him £500,000-a-week after tax.
Paris Saint-Germain are also in the running, where he could link up with ex-teammate Neymar.
WIN £50,000 with Dream Team Euros
Dream Team Euros is here
The best fantasy football game to accompany Euro 2020 has arrived.
And you can play absolutely FREE for your chance to win the £50,000 jackpot.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FREE!
Dream Team Euros
- £50,000 jackpot
- The best fantasy football game this summer
- Play in mini-leagues against your mates, colleagues, family members – and some hand-picked celebrities
- FREE to play