- Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to sign a couple of players before he can sign a new deal
- The Argentine star's contract is set for expiration, fuelling speculation about his future with the Camp Nou outfits
- Messi believes his stay in Barcelona can only be extended provided the club buys four stars including Kylian Mbappe
Argentine forward, Lionel Messi, has reportedly issued Spanish giants Barcelona with a big condition as a prerequisite to his new deal with the club.
The Barca captain fuelled growing speculation surrounding his future with the Catalans after he reportedly told the management of the club to sign four big stars including French sensation Kylian Mbappe.
Messi' contract is set for expiration and his father Jorge has come to the round table discussion again with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu over another offer that may see the Argentine stay at Camp Nou for longer years.
And interestingly, the 32-year-old who is La Liga league top scorer with 13 goals, has told Barcelona to sign a couple of players into key positions in the January and next summer.
According to reports from Spain, the Argentine forward has tied his new contract to the condition that Barcelona get a player as good as Jordi Alba.
Messi also wants Barca to sign a potential replacement for aging Sergio Busquets to complement Arturo Vidal and Frenkie de Jong's works in the midfield.
The Argentine captain, who won his sixth Ballon d'Or award recently, also wants a potential forward like Mbappe who can bring more aggression and efficiency to his work in the attack-line.
But with the Frenchman heavily linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona will have to look for potential stars like Liverpool ace Mohammed Salah and Jodan Sancho.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi has been named "sportsperson of the decade” by William Hill less than a month he clinched Ballon d’Or gong for the sixth time record.
The Barcelona star enjoyed a remarkable football year last season under Ernesto Valverde, guiding the Catalans to the domestic double.
In recognition of his incredible individual brilliance, the Argentine forward was awarded FIFA the Best gong in September.
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