Lionel Messi: Rivaldo believes Barca star could stay beyond his current deal

Lionel Messi: Rivaldo believes Barca star could stay beyond his current deal

- Lionel Messi will sign a new deal beyond next season, according to Barca legend Rivaldo

- The Barcelona captain has agreed to see out his current deal after clashing with the club

- The 33-year-old participated in La Blaugrana's first training session under Ronald Koeman

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Lionel Messi would remain at Barcelona until he turns 38 despite clashing with the club's chiefs, according to Brazil legend Rivaldo.

The 33-year-old was on the verge of quitting the Camp Nou after handing a transfer request to his boyhood club in the last few days.

But after giving it much thought the Argentine superstar made a dramatic U-turn to see out his current deal with La Blaugrana.

Lionel Messi: Rivaldo believes Barca star could stay beyond his current deal

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Messi trained under new manager Ronaldo Koeman for the first time after boycotting the club's first training session under the Dutch boss.

But Rivaldo who spent five years at Barca has insisted that the entire drama that took place between the club and the player would soon be a thing of the past.

“I wouldn't be surprised if he stayed at the club beyond his current deal.

“A lot could happen this season, as Barcelona begin life under new manager Ronaldo Koeman and elections for club president take place in March.

“Messi criticised the current president Josep Bartomeu, so if a new president is elected in March perhaps Messi will decide to stay.

“Messi has his life in the city, his family enjoy living there and the fans have great affection for him.

“These are reasons to stay and perhaps with a new president, who understands Messi's needs and can persuade him that the club is heading in the right direction, can persuade him to extend his contract.

“He loves Barcelona, and nowadays players are fit enough to prolong their careers at the highest level, so I can see Messi playing for them until he's 38-years-old,” he told BetFair

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi's move from Barcelona is now a thing of the past, but according to a leaked document, Man City were willing to pay £181 million over 12 months for the Argentine.

According to Swiss magazine L'Illustre, the former Premier League champions were willing to break the bank for the 33-year-old by splitting the payments into two of £90.5m each.

City's Director of Football Txiki Begiristain allegedly proposed to make the payments on August 26, and complete the other half in August 2021.

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