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Has Messi signed a new contract with Barcelona?

Lionel Messi new contract: Barcelona and star reach agreement on five-year deal. Lionel Messi will continue to be a Barcelona player after reaching an agreement with the club on a new five-year deal. CBSSports.comLionel Messi new contract: Barcelona and star reach agreement on five-year deal

What is Messi's new contract?

Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona have agreed to a new five-year deal that would keep the forward at the club with a significant wage cut, ESPN reported. Messi became a free agent this summer after his contract expired. USA TODAYLionel Messi, Barcelona agree to contract with significant pay cut, per report

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Messi, the World Cup, Barcelona and PSG

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Played at the same time as the European Championships, but with the games late at night and with little attention paid to it by the TV companies in Spain, the Copa América (a much older tournament than ours) has been little covered here. The first big news interest came with the penalty shoot-out in the Argentina - Colombia semi-final, with sassy goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez putting off the Colombian takers. The next, of course, was the final, Argentina - Brazil, with plenty of physical action and little actual football. Neymar was taken to pieces. Argentina's win shook a monkey off Messi's back, paying off a double debt: to his country and to himself.

Because his performances with Argentina have always been Messi's weak spot, maybe because since he burst onto the scene he's not been fully trusted in his homeland. Made in Europe, he was seen over there as someone trying to take Maradona's throne. Just like Him, he wore the number 10 and his hair long, short of stature and left-footed... But the love for Maradona in Argentina can't be copied. Messi has struggled for years to feel like it's his home. Every title not won was a disappointment he was blamed for. Now he's landed one. It wasn't a great final, but he comes out of the tournament as the leading striker and passer.

It's a trophy that could bring him closer to yet another Ballon d'Or, given that none of the big names from this side of the Atlantic have shone at the Euros. But having gone ahead in his battle with Cristiano Ronaldo, that's no longer his main focus - it's the World Cup. To land it, there's no better place for him than at Barcelona, where he's comfortable and the club would do anything to keep him happy. Laporta is doing his head in trying to come up with a believable story for Tebas at LaLiga, something which looks difficult at the moment. They'd need to sell some 200 million euros of talent, according to most calculations. It would be good if Messi could adjust his desires to the reality of the situation, but PSG are pushing hard.

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Lionel Messi, Barcelona agree to contract with significant pay cut, per report

USA TODAY 14 July, 2021 - 11:21pm

Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona have agreed to a new five-year deal that would keep the forward at the club with a significant pay cut, ESPN reported.

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FTW managing editor Nate Scott breaks down why the deal between Lionel Messi and Barcelona is beneficial for both side. USA TODAY

Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona have agreed to a new five-year deal that would keep the forward at the club with a significant wage cut, ESPN reported

Messi became a free agent this summer after his contract expired. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, whose manager Pep Guardiola led Messi's Barcelona squads from 2008 to 2012, courted the six-time Ballon d'Or winner after he expressed desire to leave Catalonia. This came after an 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last August.

The Argentinian's previous contract was was worth over €500 million ($594 million) and that expired on July 1.

An official announcement is expected in the coming days, ESPN reported. 

Club President Joan Laporta hoped to finalize an agreement before the contract expired but the club's finances made the move difficult. Messi's lower salary, player transfers and budget cuts helped alleviate the concerns and comply with Financial Fair Play rules.

Financial Fair play was introduced by UEFA to prevent clubs from spending beyond their means and reduce unsustainable debt. Clubs can spend up to €5 million ($5.9 million) more than they earn every assessment period or three years. 

According to ESPN, Barcelona's spending limit has been reduced from over €600 million ($709 million) to €347 million ($410 million) since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laporta replaced Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned in October before a vote of no confidence. Laporta was Barcelona's president when Messi made his first-team debut. 

Messi joined Barcelona's academy in 2000 and has made 778 appearances for the club. He holds the club record for most appearances and goals (672). Together, they have won 34 trophies including 10 league and four Champions League titles.

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Messi vs Maradona - Who has played better in Copa America? | Goal.com

Goal.com 14 July, 2021 - 10:04pm

Argentina ended their 28-year trophy drought with a memorable win over rivals Brazil in the final of Copa America 2021 and bringing home the trophy for a joint-record 15th time in history.

This year's Copa America will be remembered for Argentina skipper Lionel Messi finally winning a major international trophy, a dream he has cherished throughout his career.

The 34-year-old star was at his very best throughout the tournament and almost single-handedly delivered the trophy to his nation. To add more perspective to Messi' performance, the Barcelona legend contributed to nine out of the 12 goals his team scored in the tournament.

This was the sixth edition of Copa America where Messi took part in, a record as no other La Albiceleste player has ever played in six different Copa Americas.

With four goals and five assists to his name, Messi took his goals' and assists' tally in Copa America to 13 and 17 respectively in record 34 appearances. 

Compared to Messi's achievements, his legendary predecessor Diego Maradona's statistics are not that impressive when it comes to performance in Copa America. Maradona has appeared in three editions of Copa America and has never won the trophy. In 12 matches he played in the tournament, Maradona managed to score only four goals and did not provide any assist.

With a title and several records to show, Messi, is clearly ahead of Maradona when it comes to Copa America. Here, we take a look at how the two Argentina legends have fared in this South American cup competition.

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