Jump directly to the content

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

DREAM TEAM

Your Sun

A News UK Company
TOP
barca in a mess

Barcelona president confirms Lionel Messi has NOT signed new contract yet… contrary to belief

Catalan chief made famous comment in U.S. and fans will find it difficult to feel reassured after Brazilian moved to PSG

Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has incredibly revealed Lionel Messi has NOT signed a new contract.

Furthermore, he tried to appease supporters by insisting the five-time Ballon d’Or-winner would sign — just as he had with Neymar during the club’s pre-season tour.


LIKE FANTASY FOOTBALL? SIGN UP TO PLAY DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER NOW


Lionel Messi has not signed new contract, despite Barcelona announcement

Reuters
4
Lionel Messi has not signed new contract, despite Barcelona announcement

The Nou Camp giants announced in July that Messi had signed his new deal.

However, Mestre admitted: “Everything has been spoken about and agreed — all that’s missing is the date for the official signature.

“Everything is ready, we are carrying on as normal.

“We just need to be patient.”

In the U.S., Mestre claimed that Neymar would “200 per cent be staying” — only for the Brazilian to make a world-record move to PSG earlier this month instead.

The famous words have come back to haunt him, but he insists he does not regret the comment.

Jordi Mestre, left, made the comments about Neymar and Lionel Messi

AFP
4
Jordi Mestre, left, made the comments about Neymar and Lionel Messi

Neymar moved for £198million (€222m), and Mestre joked that was merely not taking into account the full amount.

He added: “At the time, I missed out the 22 — and was just left with 200.

“In terms of Messi, we have been working for a long time, it looks good and it would surprise me if we didn’t get it over the line.”

Neymar left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain in world record transfer

Getty Images
4
Neymar left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain in world record transfer

Barcelona fans have been assured Lionel Messi will sign contract extension

Getty Images
4
Barcelona fans have been assured Lionel Messi will sign contract extension

EXCLUSIVE DREAM TEAM OFFER: Claim your free £20 bet

SUN BETS have an exclusive new customer offer for Dream Team readers.

Register using the special code DREAM, bet a fiver on any sports market and they’ll give you a £20 free bet.

Claim it here.

But what to stick your free £20 on?

DREAM TEAM COMEDY: Who's the biggest red?