Lionel Messi has received his first contract offer after seeing his Barcelona deal expire this week – but it's from "the worst football club in the world".
The Barca legend is officially a free agent following the expiry of his previous contract on June 30, meaning he is available to snap up under the Bosman ruling.
And after seeing him effectively become unemployed, Brazilian minnows Ibis Sport Club have decided to shoot their shot.
The Paulista outfit, who are infamous for going three years and 11 months without winning between 1980 and 1984, have submitted a hilarious offer to sign Messi.
Having amassed nearly 300,000 followers on Twitter, Ibis have used their platform to share a proposed 15-year deal for the Ballon d'Or great which includes a number of unusual clauses.
One of them would prevent him from wearing his favourite No.10 shirt, while another would force him to admit that Brazil icon Pele was better than his compatriot and former manager Diego Maradona.
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The light-hearted stipulations in full are:
- 15-year contract beginning from July 1, 2021
- Salary based on productivity
- Cannot score many goals
- Cannot become a champion
- Cannot wear the No.10 shirt (retired in honour of Mauro Shampoo)
- Must swear three times in front of the mirror that Pele was better than Maradona
While he is yet to respond to the offer, Messi is expected to turn it down and put pen to paper on a new contract at Barca once this summer's Copa America draws to a close.
Argentina are set to take on Ecuador in the quarter-finals of the competition on Sunday, and afterwards Barca president Joan Laporta believes his star man will sign a new deal.
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"We want him to stay and Leo wants to stay, everything is on the right track, what's left to sort out is the issue of fair play and we are in the process of finding the best solution for both parties," Laporta told El Transistor.
"I'd like to be able to announce that he is staying but at the moment I cannot do that, because we are in the process of looking for the best solution for both parties."
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