The uncertainty has subsided for now, so Lionel Messi and Barcelona can concentrate on the new season.
The Blaugrana captain has announced that he’ll stay at the Camp Nou for at least one more year, until his contract expires in June 2021.
There is, of course, the possibility of the Argentine extending his deal at Barcelona beyond next summer, but that will depend what happens between now and then.
Here, we’ve looked at the key dates to Messi’s 2020/21 campaign.
Messi is due to re-join the Barcelona squad for the start of pre-season on Monday.
He is expected to undergo PCR testing before that, having refused to turn up for the necessary medical procedures last weekend.
This will be the weekend when we see Messi wearing the Blaugrana colours in a competitive match again.
Barcelona are down to start their LaLiga Santander campaign on Matchday 3 against Villarreal at the Camp Nou.
January 4 – February 1
Unless something catastrophic happens, Messi will not leave Barcelona during the January transfer window.
If he does end up departing, the matter will be decided in court, just like it would’ve been this summer.
March 15 – April 4
At some point in January, Barcelona must announce the official date for when the club’s presidential elections will take place.
This will be after Barcelona play their first home match of the month of March, on March 15, with everything pointing towards voting day being when the Catalans host Real Valladolid at the Camp Nou on either April 3 or 4.
The outcome of these elections will be crucial in deciding Messi’s future.
The new president will sit down with the forward to discuss a new contract, hoping to persuade the club’s talisman to believe in their new project.
As it stands, Messi will leave Barcelona when his contract expires at the end of June.
Unless a deal to extend his deal is struck before June 30, the Argentina international will be free to join any club he likes.