Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes Lionel Messi WILL ‘sign a new contract’ at the Nou Camp as he claims he ‘looks much more connected and happier since Joan Laporta’s arrival’
- Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future has been in serious doubt since last summer
- The Argentine star tried to push his way out of the Nou Camp exit doors
- But after failing to get his wish, he has started to re-discover his best form
- Now Rivaldo claims he is confident that Messi will sign a new deal with Barca
Brazil icon Rivaldo claims he is confident that Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with Barcelona following the appointment of Joan Laporta as president.
Messi stunned Barcelona last summer when he tried to push for an exit after becoming disillusioned with proceedings both on and off the pitch, but the Spaniards held firm.
The Argentine’s future is still in doubt, with the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain showing interest but he has started to re-discover his best form for Barca, who have enjoyed a surge in performances in recent times.
Argentine star Lionel Messi has been central to Barcelona’s recent upturn in form
And Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes Messi – who is out of contract this summer – looks much happier at the club again and claims the arrival of Laporta is to thank.
Rivaldo told Betfair: ‘Barcelona are massively improving in the last few weeks capitalising on Messi’s superb form and the election of a new president.
‘Messi looks much more connected and happier since Laporta’s arrival – a president he knows well.
‘For that reason, I’m starting to believe more and more that Messi might reach an agreement with the new board and sign a new contract to stay at the club for a few more years.
‘Messi had a confidence boost with the new president election – someone he has a good connection with – raising the chances of him considering to stay for a bit longer.’
Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes Messi will end up signing a new contract at the Nou Camp
Messi had a fractious relationship with the club’s much-maligned former president Josep Bartomeu and tried to push for a free transfer last summer, but Barca insisted that his eye-watering £629million release clause was met by suitors.
The future of Messi will be one of the first points of call for Laporta to address as president after he was appointed at the beginning of March.
Throughout Laporta’s campaign trail, he made prioritising Messi’s future central to his plans – with the Argentine even voting himself in the elections.
But Laporta knows a deal to extend Messi’s time at the Nou Camp will be tough to seal given Barca’s financial crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Messi has been in imperious form of late for Barca, who now find themselves back in the race for the LaLiga title.
Ronald Koeman’s side currently sit just four points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid with 10 matches remaining, with Real Madrid two further back.
Rivaldo says Messi ‘looks much more happier’ since Joan Laporta’s appointment as president