Lionel Messi is yet to sign his new contract with FC Barcelona
Posted: 21 September 2017 Time: 20:00
Lionel Messi's future at FC Barcelona remains uncertain as he yet to sign the new deal offered by the club.
Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently claimed the 30-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a new deal.
However, Bartomeu's claim has been refuted by the club's former president Agusti Benedito, who says only Messi's father has signed on the dotted line, not the player.
"Bartomeu has said that the contract is signed, but that is not true," Benedito said at a media conference on Thursday.
"This contract without the signature of Messi has no validity. Although it has been signed by his father, he [Bartomeu] needs the signature of the player."
Benedito went on to suggest that Messi's reason for stalling could be linked to Bartomeu still being in charge at the club.
"It's possible that the presence of Bartomeu is the main obstacle for this not being complete," he added.
"I hope the president explains the truth, because this is not the first time he lies."