- Lionel Messi's contract at Barcelona expires at the end of this summer
- The 33-year-old is wanted by PSG and Man City on a free transfer
- But Rivaldo thinks the Argentine will extend his reign at Camp Nou despite trying to force a move away last August
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Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes Lionel Messi will not leave Barcelona when his contract expires this summer.
The 48-year-old former midfielder says the Argentine has been full of life since Joan Laporta returned as the president this month.
And this is an indication that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner will extend his stay with the Catalans beyond this campaign.
Messi attempted to force a move away from the Nou Camp last summer after falling out with the former board headed by Josep Maria Bartomeu but changed his mind to avoid legal issues.
Since then, a number of clubs including Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have been monitoring his situation at the Spanish club.
Despite having just about two months left on his deal, Rivaldo told Betfair:
"Barcelona are massively improving in the last few weeks capitalising on Messi's superb form and the election of a new president.
"Messi looks much more connected and happier since Laporta's arrival – a president he knows well.
"For that reason, I'm starting to believe more and more that Messi might reach an agreement with the new board and sign a new contract to stay at the club for a few more years.
"Messi had a confidence boost with the new president election – someone he has a good connection with – raising the chances of him considering to stay for a bit longer."
Laporta on his part has promised to make Messi stay while campaigning for his return to be re-elected and this will top his priorities.
Throughout Laporta's campaign trail, he made prioritising Messi's future central to his plans - with the Argentine even voting himself in the elections.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi is unarguably one of the greatest football stars in history owing to his achievements on the pitch.
This has led the Barcelona legend to win both collective and individual silverware that sets him above his peers.
Much more than the awards are the impressions he has created in the minds of the olds as well as the youngsters.