The 34-year-old's deal ended as June drew to a close, making him able to sign with any other club if he chooses.
Lionel Messi has become a free agent after the Barcelona star's contract expired at the end of June.
Although Barcelona were hopeful of signing Messi to a renewal before the June 30 deadline, the 34-year-old is now officially unattached.
Barcelona still believe that Messi will eventually sign a new deal, but his status as a free agent will generate concern among the club's fans and management.
What is the status of contract talks?
The two sides continue to be in consistent dialogue, with Barcelona president Joan Laporta communicating with Jorge Messi, the player's father and agent.
An agreement continues to be elusive though, due to the complex nature of Messi's demands and Barca's uncertain financial situation.
Goal has learned that both sides continue to discuss economic and tax-related issues in relation to Messi's contract, as well as the player's image rights.
In addition to any financial considerations, Messi is looking for assurances that the club will be able to build a competitive team around him in the near future.
Barcelona won the Copa del Rey in 2020-21 but missed out on their two biggest goals - La Liga and the Champions League.
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