Lionel Messi ‘banned from Barcelona training’ as contract saga takes new twist

Lionel Messi ‘banned from Barcelona training

Barcelona have banned captain, Lionel Messi, from participating in the club’s training.

AS reports that Messi will not be training at Barcelona until he signs a new contract with the Camp Nou club.

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The Argentina captain has been a free agent since July 1.

Despite an announcement that the Barca number 10 would sign a five-year contract, the deal is yet to be signed.

Due to Barcelona’s financial struggles, Messi has been forced to accept a pay cut in order to remain at the club.

The deal will reportedly see Messi take a 50 per cent pay cut.