Lionel Messi's birthday has passed, but no Barcelona contract extension has been signed


Barcelona president Joan Laporta must be getting more nervous by the minute as the days pass without a signed contract between the club and Lionel Messi. The Argentine’s current contract expires in just five days, and Laporta’s initial hope that an agreement will be reached by the 24th has so far led to nothing.

Last week, Laporta mentioned that he is eyeing Messi’s birthday, June 24, as a good day to have the contract finalised and signed. However, the day has come and gone and things are still up in the air. A lot is at stake for Laporta, who won the presidency on the main agenda of convincing Messi to extend his stay with the club. If he fails to do this, the members who voted for him will lose confidence.