Lionel Messi and Barcelona shocked the world when it
emerged that the Argentine star would be leaving the club,
after a contract that had been agreed in principle was
fractured by the club’s financial peril at the last moment.
The Catalan side announced that their talismanic forward
is set to depart, with Messi’s future now increasingly
And now, Messi has announced that he will hold a press
conference where he will speak to the media and provide
clarity on his next steps. Goal has the details about the
press conference, how to stream it live and more.
When is the Lionel Messi press conference?
Messi’s press conference will take place at 11am BST
(6am ET) on Sunday, August 8 .
He will be address reporters at Camp Nou.
How can I watch Lionel Messi’s press conference?
The press conference will be available to stream live on
Barca TV+ with a live English translation, or on the club’s
It will also be available to watch on the official Barcelona
What will Lionel Messi talk about in his press conference?
Messi is expected to clear up questions about his future
himself, just days after contract negotiation discussions
over a renewal at Barcelona broke down.
Barcelona stated that “financial and structural obstacles”
are the reason why they could not close a new contract
It was understood that the Argentine was set to sign a
new five-year deal at Camp Nou earlier this month, but the
talks were scrapped after it emerged that Barcelona were
unable to afford him, even after he was open to a
significant wage deduction.
Barcelona then announced in a shock statement that
because a deal could not be agreed, Messi would be
departing the club.
While it has been suggested that Barcelona’s actions are
merely a negotiation tactic, president Joan Laporta has
stated that there is no chance left of Messi now staying at
Camp Nou, despite both the club and player’s wishes.
Laporta said in a press conference: “I don’t want to
generate false hope.
“During the course of negotiations we know that the player
has had other offers. There was a time limit.
“If fair play continues to be rigid, the player needs some
time to see what he is going to do and look at other
He continued: “Leo wanted to stay at Barca. We wanted
him to stay.
“I want to thank everyone that has been in the
negotiations. There were lots of aspects that needed to be
“He is the best player in the world and has other offers, of
Where will Lionel Messi go next?
Messi’s future still looks uncertain for now, but details
about his next steps could be clarified in his press
PSG have been reported to be interested in signing the
legendary midfielder, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino
even suggesting to reporters that a potential transfer for
Messi would not mean the likes of Kylian Mbappe being
Pep Guardiola revealed that Manchester City do not have
plans to make a swoop for the Argentine, themselves just
completing a British transfer record fee for Jack Grealish,
but admitted that even he was surprised by the news of
And then there is the unexpected outcome of Messi
ultimately remaining at Camp Nou, and should he stay, he
woulf once again be part of Ronald Koeman’s squad.