Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is officially a free agent after his contract with the Spanish giants expired today at midnight.
The six times Ballon D’or winner – often regarded as the best footballer in the world – tried to leave Barcelona last summer but had his transfer request rejected.
Messi claimed he was unhappy with the direction of the team, where he has played for his entire career, and was just from suffering a humiliating 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter finals.
However, with the new Barcelona President, it remains a mystery whether the Argentinian will sign a contract extension or seek greener pastures in England or France. Manchester City under the guidance of Pep Guardiola have been long time admirers of the four times Champions Leaguer winner.
According to Italian sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, Messi’s camp is currently having negotiations with the side but it is not clear when an agreement will be reached.
Messi became the highest-capped Argentinian player with 144 appearances for the nation on Monday in their 4-1 win over Bolivia in Copa America.