Following Messi's declaration that he decided to leave Barcelona last summer, the club's tumultuous period both on and off the pitch convinced the six-time Ballon d'Or winner. It was time for a new adventure, and his future has dominated the headlines over the past year.
The Argentina captain has agreed to stay with the Catalans for the 2020/21 season but will be free to leave at the end of the season. Messi is in the final months of his deal, and Europe's top clubs keep an eye on his situation.
The big banks are lurking.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have both been linked with a bid for the star. Still, Football Insider reports that both clubs could be disappointed in their attempts to complete a spectacular deal.
Barcelona's newly-elected president, Joan Laporta, has confirmed that he wants Messi to stay. The pair's alleged "close" relationship could lead to the signing of a new contract.
Between 2003 and 2010, Laporta served as president of the Spanish national team. During that time, Messi made his senior debut and led the team to two Champions League victories.
Laporta was also the man who gave Pep Guardiola his first managerial job at the Camp Nou. He won 14 trophies in four seasons before moving on to Bayern Munich and now Manchester City.
Guardiola has been tight-lipped about the possibility of reuniting with Messi in the Premier League in recent months, stating publicly that he wants the forward to end his career in Barcelona.
That now appears to be a strong possibility, according to the article. Unless PSG approaches the star with "monster money" to entice him to France, Messi is likely to sign a new contract with Barcelona ahead of a new period.