Argentina and Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi is without a doubt one of the most popular athletes in the world, with the striker having numerous fans across the world and among other superstar athletes among other sports as well.
Messi is currently a free agent and today marks the first day that he will not be a Barcelona player considering that the 34-year-old's contract with the Catalan giants expired on 30 June. This means that the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner will no longer be contracted to the Nou Camp outfit for the first time since he was a pimply-faced teenager.
Such is Messi's popularity that even National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar, Kevin Durant has had his say on his current contract situation by taking to social networking site, Twitter to tweet the word "INSANE" on news of the Argentinian's club future.
Durant who currently plays for Brooklyn Nets is one of the biggest superstars in the NBA having won the NBA Championship in 2017 and 2018 with the Golden State Warriors - where he was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) both the years they won the championship.
Messi for his part is currently on international duty with Argentina, whom he is leading at the 2021 Copa America. He has been his brilliant usual self for the Albiceleste, scoring three goals and registering two assists, and will next be in action on Saturday, 3 July when they take on Ecuador in the quarter-final.