Lionel Messi is now officially a free agent after his contract with Spanish giants Barcelona expired at midnight.
About 12 months ago, the Argentine international aborted his attempt to leave Ronald Koeman’s side.
According to reports, talks over a new contract are believed to be ongoing, meaning Messi may well decide to stay at the Nou Camp.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with moves to Paris St-Germain and Manchester City, where he would be reunited with his former boss Pep Guardiola.
The 34-year-old footballer is currently in Brazil playing for Argentina at the Copa America.
He became the most-capped player for his country when he made his 148th international appearance against Bolivia on Tuesday, where he scored a brace on the day. ■