Has Lionel Messi Joined Manchester City? Rumors Surface After Barcelona Star's Contract Expires

Lionel Messi has become a free agent for the first time in 17 years after his contract with FC Barcelona expires.

As Lionel Messi's contract with FC Barcelona officially expires, the star footballer is now a free agent and is already in talks for a new deal.

Messi's deal with the Nou Camp expired at the end of June, just 12 months after the footballing star attempted to force a move away from the club. As he's out of the contract, looks like Messi is now ready to embrace a new club soon.

Reportedly, talks are said to be ongoing about a new deal. FC Barcelona Club president Joan Laporta claimed that "everything is on track" when it comes to keeping the six-time Ballon d'Or winner at Camp Nou. However, as of today, July 1st, the Argentina international is available on a free transfer.

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Moreover, after Barcelona's final home game of the season, manager Ronald Koeman was hopeful that Messi would stay. "He has shown today it is impossible to play without him," Koeman said. However, Catalunya is confident that fresh terms will be thrashed out with Messi, who has spent his entire senior club career with the Blaugrana.

Messi becoming a free agent has caught the eyes of many other clubs. But the star footballer is still expected to continue at Camp Nou with a new deal. With the expiry of his contract with the Barcelona FC, Messi is a free agent for the first time in 17 years.

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