Barcelona’s contract negotiations with Lionel Messi may need to pick up the pace. He has received a 15-year contract offer from an unexpected source, as it turns out.
After his contract with the Blaugrana expired on June 30, the (former) Barcelona captain is currently a free agent. Although it is commonly assumed that he wants to remain with the Catalan giants, the delay in his contract renewal has opened the door to the most unlikely alternatives.
Should his discussions with Barcelona breakthrough, the “world’s worst football club” has offered the six-time Ballon d’Or winner an alternative. Ibis Sport Club in Brazil is said to have given the Argentine a 15-year contract.
Brazilian club Íbis has offered a contract for Messi with conditions:
▪️Salary based on productivity
▪️Cannot score too many goals
▪️Forbidden to be a champion
▪️Cannot wear no 10, retired for legend Mauro Shampoo
▪️Have to swear “Pele is better than Maradona” pic.twitter.com/zLYwRB5kJk
— Argentina Football Media (Eng) 🇦🇷 (@ARG_soccernews) July 1, 2021
The contract’s terms include a requirement that Messi “swear” that Brazilian great Pele is better than late Argentine hero Diego Armando Maradona. The provision that the contract will be dissolved if Messi leads the club to a championship is even more amusing.
The “contract offer” has gone viral on social media, with many fans looking for something to distract them while waiting for news on Messi’s future. Ibis made the decision to enter the fray, and they have certainly garnered a lot of attention.
— Íbis Sport Club (@ibismania) June 30, 2021
It will be a welcome change to be known for something other than being the world’s worst football club. Ibis has been inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records following a streak of poor performances that saw the club go three years and eleven months without a win.
Another amusing stipulation is that if Messi signs with Ibis, he will not be permitted to wear the number 10 shirt. As it turns out, the number was retired in honor of club great Mauro Shampoo, who spent ten years with Ibis.
Barcelona is now selling players on the transfer market in order to reduce their expected pay expenditure for next season in Spain. La Liga Santander’s financial fair play standards, according to club president Joan Laporta, are preventing them from reaching an arrangement with Messi.