LIONEL MESSI has been offered an escape from football’s scrapheap – by the self-styled worst team in the world.
The Barcelona legend, 34 is a free agent after his Nou Camp contract expired on Wednesday.
Argentina superstar Messi has now been sent a contract offer by Brazilian outfit Ibis Sport Club.
The Recife-based side went almost FOUR YEARS without a win in the early 1980s, earning a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
Lower-league Ibis label themselves Pior Time do Mundo – Worst Team in the World.
Their written offer tells Messi: “We’re very happy your contract is ending.
“Hence we offer you the chance to play for the worst team in the world.”
The 15-YEAR contract includes a productivity bonus ‘if you deserve it’.
Messi is told he mustn’t score too many goals or ‘become a champion’ or face the pain of having the contract torn up.
The playmaker is warned he can’t have the number 10 shirt as it belongs to bizarrely-named club legend Mauro Shampoo.
And Ibis tell Messi if he wants the deal he has to swear three times in front of a mirror that Pele is better than his fellow Argentine Diego Maradona.
Manchester City could yet rescue Messi from his career limbo.
Barcelona are also in talks with him about a potential new deal, while he has also been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Major League Soccer clubs in the US.
The sun (UK)