Lionel Messi renewal talks at Barcelona ‘progressing adequately’, says Laporta – Sport360 News

Lengthy talks about extending out-of-contract superstar Lionel Messi’s historic stay at Barcelona are “progressing adequately”, according to president Joan Laporta.

Messi, 34, witnessed his record-breaking 18-year attachment – which has contained 672 goals in 778 games and 34 major trophies – to the Catalans come to an official end on July 1 when his last deal expired. Difficulties complying with La Liga’s financial fair play rules have complicated discussions between the parties about a renewal.

Laporta, however, was optimistic about a successful conclusion during the presentation of Mago Pop’s show ‘Nothing is impossible’.

“[Messi’s renewal] is progressing adequately,” he said.

“All the Catalans, Barcelona, Catalonia and the entire football world are happy because Leo won the Copa America.

“It is very exciting to see the best player in football history get excited about winning a title like this and he made all of us cry with joy.

“He is very happy, we are all happy, I am happy for Leo who has managed [to win the Copa America], together with his team-mates, and that Argentina are once again in the elite, and [I am] also [happy] for [Sergio] Aguero.

“I am happy for Messi’s family, for Argentina, for Barcelona who are recognised, admired and loved for having this bond with Leo.”

Messi was player of the tournament last weekend when Argentina beat hosts Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final, ending his senior international trophy drought.

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