Lionel Messi has finally become a free agent.
The Argentine talisman has become a free agent for the first time in his professional career as his contract with Barcelona expired on July 1.
He has been locked in negotiations with the Catalan giants on a new contract after his failed attempt to leave Camp Nou last summer.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner will reportedly sign a two-year contract with Barca even though the likes of Man City and PSG still hold an interest in the 34-year old forward.
Club president Joan Laporta has told that financial fair play rules has stalled Barca’s contract negotiation with Messi.
“We want Leo to stay and he wants to stay,” the Blaugrana president said, as per Marca.
“Everything’s going the right way, and we’re trying to find a solution that we’re all happy with.
“It’s about ‘fair play’ now.
“I’d love to say he is staying but I can’t say that yet because we’re still working through things.”