Lionel Messi has received a hilarious contract offer from “the worst football club in the world”.
The Barcelona captain and all-time top scorer is currently a free agent after his contract expired on 30 June.
Messi, who wanted to leave the club and submitted a transfer request last year, was unable to agree a new deal after months of negotiations.
And after seeing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner effectively become unemployed, Brazilian minnows Ibis Sport Club decided to shoot their shot.
The Recife outfit are infamous for going three years and 11 months without tasting victory between 1980 and 1984, earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as a result.
They’ve amassed nearly 300,000 followers on Twitter and used the platform to share a proposed 15-year contract for Messi that featured a number of hilarious clauses.
— Íbis Sport Club (@ibismania) June 30, 2021
s per the deal, Messi would be unable to wear his favoured No.10 shirt, he’s encouraged to not score many goals and must also admit that Pele is better than the late Diego Maradona, his compatriot and former manager.
Here are the stipulations in full:
- 15 year contract, starting from July 1 2021
- Salary based on productivity (if he deserves it)
- He cannot score many goals
- He cannot become a champion
- He cannot wear the No. 10 shirt (retired in honour of Mauro Shampoo)
- He must swear three times in front of the mirror that Pele is much better than Maradona
With Messi a bit busy at the Copa America in Brazil, the 34-year-old is yet to respond to the proposal at the time of writing.
Although there has been interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, the likely outcome is that Messi re-signs with Barcelona for another two years.
Barca president Joan Laporta is hopeful a solution will be found and that Messi will continue his stunning career in Catalonia.
“We want him to stay and Leo wants to stay, everything is on the right track, what’s left to sort out is the issue of fair play and we are in the process of finding the best solution for both parties,” Laporta toldEl Transistor.
“I’d like to be able to announce that he is staying but at the moment I cannot do that, because we are in the process of looking for the best solution for both parties.