FC Barcelona are to set open negotiations with club great Lionel Messi, according to their president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the LaLiga champions are planning to offer superstar Lionel Messi a new contract.

Messi re-signed with Barça in 2017 – an extension that runs through to 2021 – and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has not slowed down this season.

The 31-year-old, who made his competitive debut for Barca in October 2004 at the tender age of 17, has scored a LaLiga-high 32 goals in 2018-19 and 42 in all competitions.

Bartomeu wants to renew Messi’s contract at Camp Nou, where he is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.

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