Messi rejects new Contract from Barcelona Management

Argentina's Lionel Messi (top) during a semifinal game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between Netherlands and Argentina at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. (File)

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has rejected a new contract with the Spanish giants. According to media reports, the football legend made his decision in July while on vacation with his family in Ibiza.

Marca reported that the Argentina international footballer requested his father Jorge Messi to relay the message to Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu on his behalf.

Messi’s current contract with FC Barcelona ends on June 30, 2018.

Bartomeu advised Messi and his representatives to think it through, reminding them that a release clause in Messi’s contract amounted to 250 million euros [about $273 million].

The report adds that no further talks have been between Messi’s representatives and the Barcelona officials since July.

Messi, 29, joined La Masia as a 13-year-old boy and rose through the ranks to taste first team action at 17.

The Argentine has so far won four Champions League trophies, seven La Liga crowns, six Copa Del Reys, among a host of other titles.