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Lionel Messi contract extension: FC Barcelona star's renewal already done?

If Catalan daily Sport are to be believed, Lionel Messi’s current contract with FC Barcelona could well be exceeding beyond the summer of 2018. It’s because, apparently, the Argentine football legend has already signed an extension with the La Liga side, former Barca star Hristo Stoichkov has claimed.

Miss Bumbum Suzy Cortez going topless now for Messi’s contract extension?

“Messi renewed six months ago,” Stoichkov, 51, who won five Spanish league titles with the club between 1990 and 1998, has told the Spanish publication on Tuesday.

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If that is the case, fresh questions arise as to why the club has not officially confirmed Messi’s contract extension or even termed Stoichkov’s statement on Messi as false.

Is it also another ploy by FC Barcelona to dampen the hopes of Messi’s suitors – which include Manchester City – in the most embarrassing manner? Questions we need to find an answer to.

According to Transfermarkt, the most genuine place on the internet to find details on the contracts of footballers, Lionel Messi, whose has been a part of the FC Barcelona senior team since July 1, 2014, last signed a contract extension on May 17, 2014.

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And as mentioned, his present contract with the club expires on June 30, 2018.

Interestingly, FC Barcelona, late on Tuesday, published excerpts from Stoichkov’s media interaction on their website, but has mentioned nothing about the former player’s comments regarding Lionel Messi’s contract.

A rare photo of Messi’s first professional contract with Barca:


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Video: Pen Drawing Of Messi - Argentina - Freehand Art

Ballpoint pen drawing drawing of MESSI, the greatest player in the world. Lionel “Leo” Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team as a forward, and is also the captain of the national team. This image is from the FIFA World Cup 2014. Please comment, share and subscribe, Thank you for watching.

 Lamento tanto la perdida de la copa por vos. Te la mereces. Una vez más nos llevaste a una final, pero no te trajiste la copa a casa. 

 Para aquellos que te critican y te culpan por esto, perdonalos que no saben lo que dicen. Sos el mejor jugador del mundo acá y en España. Te critican, te acusan de pecho frío y te comparan con el Barcelona. Están equivocados. Te critican sin tener en cuenta el equipo que tenes allá con el que tenes acá. Evidentemente nunca vas a poder jugar de la misma manera. Te critican por no convertir, lamento informarles que no convertir no te hace el mejor jugador del mundo. Tenes ese título no sólo por convertir goles, sino por tus pases, asistencias, jugadas increíbles que suelen terminar en gol ya sea tuyo o de tus compañeros, sos rápido, inteligente, haces que tus compañeros jueguen mejor, complicas hasta con un control defectuoso, pero no lo ven. Lamentablemente, sólo ven tus fallas. Te critican y no tienen en cuenta la presión. En España te apoyan y así podes triunfar como lo haces. En Argentina sólo están esperando a que falles y poder criticarte. En España te dejan jugar al fútbol, en cambio, acá te matan a patadas y para que sea peor no cobra absolutamente nada. 

 Como en la final del mundo te culpan a vos de esta perdida. El arbitraje, nuevamente, fue malo. No pueden poner todo ese peso en un sólo hombre. Argentina nos acostumbró a tener siempre la pelota, hacer puntadas de presión efectiva y convertir. Tuvimos un lesionado que nos costó un cambio en el primer tiempo. Quizás los cambios no fueron los más adecuados. Pipita pudo haber dado más, pero no. Tenemos al mejor del mundo y no lo supimos aprovechar. En mi opinión la falla fue de Martino, no por los cambios sino por no saber motivarlos. Antes de los penales había un jugador llorando. Haber perdido esta final no es problema, tenemos 14 más. 

 Seguimos siendo los grandes de América. ¡VAMOS ARGENTINA! ¡VAMOS SELECCIÓN!


Best goal of the week.

Famous quotes on Lionel Messi:

Arsene Wenger (Coach, Arsenal) - “Who is the Best Player in the World? Leo Messi. Who is the Best Player Ever? Leo Messi!”

Diego Maradona (Ex Argentina) – “I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi. Messi is a genius and he can become an even better player.”

Wayne Rooney (ManUnited) – “Messi is a Joke, for me the Best Ever!”

Pele (Ex Brazil) - “At the moment, Messi is the Best!”

Juan Sebastian Veron (Ex Argentina) - “I see Maradona every time he grabs the ball and accelerates. We must protect him. I’d personally put him in a drawer of my bedside table.”

Ferrer (ex-Barcelona, Chelsea): “I played with Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Laudrup and Stoichkov but Messi is the best I’ve seen”

McDermott (Assistant Newcastle) – “For those asking i do think Messi is the best ever yes. Kenny was the best player i ever played with”

Eidur Gudjohnsen (ex-Chelsea, Barcelona) – “Messi’s control is the best I have ever seen, it is truly breathtaking.”

Krankl (ex-Barcelona) - “Messi is the world’s number 1. Cruyff was my youth idol, him and Messi are the best players I saw in my life.”

Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham) - “Best football player I played against? I think Messi. He killed us.”

Ivan Helguera (ex-Real Madrid) - “For me, Messi is the best player in history”

Laporta (Ex President, Barcelona) – “Messi is the best player in the world right now and the best ever. Together with Cruyff and Maradona, he’s the best we’ve seen at the club.”

Huntelaar (Schalke) - “Who’s better, Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Messi. Ronaldo is good, but Messi is ten times better.”

Aguero (Man City) – “Messi won 3 Ballons d’Or and is competing for another one. He will be the best player in the world until he retires.”

Cassano (AC Milan) – “Messi is the best player in the history of football, and that’s why I prefer Barça over Real Madrid.”

Arda Turan (Galatassary) - “Messi or Ronaldo best player in the world? In the world, I would say Ronaldo. Messi is from another planet.”

Sandro Rossell (President, Barcelona) - “I think Barca will never have a player like Messi again. Messi’s greatness is present on and off the field of play.”

Roy Keane (Ex ManUnited) – “I was a big fan of Maradona growing up and of the current crop Ronaldo is good but Messi is the best I’ve ever seen. I don’t dish out praise lightly but Messi deserves it. I look for weaknesses in his game and I can’t find them.”

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) – “Best Player I played against? Messi, when he plays wide. He is the best in the world. Football seems easy when he plays it”

Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) – “Although he may not be human, it’s good that Messi still thinks he is. Messi plays some another sport.”

Fabio Capello (Ex Coach, Juventus) -“In my entire life I have never seen a player of such quality and personality at such a young age, particularly wearing the ‘heavy’ shirt of one of the world’s great clubs.”

Raul (Ex Real Madrid) – “The other day I saw one of his games. He was running with the ball at a hundred percent full speed, I don’t know how many touches he took, maybe five or six, but the ball was glued to his foot. It’s practically impossible!”

Gerard Pique (Barcelona) -”It doesn’t matter where Messi plays, if it’s cold or hot, he always proves that he’s the best.”

Marcello Lippi (Ex Coach, Italy) - “The best?

Antonio Cassano (AC Milan) – “Ronaldinho is better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but neither are as good as Leo Messi.”

John Terry (Chelsea) - “For me, Lionel Messi is quite clearly the best player ever. It’s a pleasure to pit myself against him and when I finish my career it’s something I can look back on and know I’ve tested myself against the very best.”

Vicente Del Bosque (Coach, Spain) - “Messi or Ronaldo? I prefer Messi because he is more of a street player.”

Zinedine Zidane (Ex France) – “Messi makes the difference most of the time. In particular, he is always going forwards. He never passes the ball backwards or sideways. He has only one idea, to run towards the goal.So as a football fan, just enjoy the show.”

Filipe Scolari (Ex Coach, Portugal) – “The only bad thing about Ronaldo’s life is Messi. If it was not for him, Ronaldo would be the best player in the world for five years in a row.”

Robin Dutt (Coach, Bayer Leverkusen) - “You won’t see anyone else like Messi. People said that Di Stefano, Maradona and Cruyff were the best when they were playing. And now it is the same for Messi. He is on the throne and it is down to him how long he stays there.”

Radamel Falcao (Athletico Madrid) – “Is Messi a real player or a Play Station character?”

Neymar (Brazil) – “It is very simple, Messi is the best in the world, and if you give him a little bit of space, he can do whatever he wants.”

Gheorghe Hagi (ex-Madrid -Barcelona) – “Messi or Cristiano? Cristiano Ronaldo is very good, but I prefer Messi. He’s incredible.”

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) – “Messi is the best that’s played the game. Streets ahead of Maradona.”

Sid Lowe (Editor, Guardian) - “To compare Lionel Messi to anybody else is unfair on them”

Jorde Valdano (Ex Real Madrid) - “I believe that we have the first genius of the 21st century, Leo Messi.”

Michael Owen (Ex Liverpool) - “I can’t believe anyone can have played the game of football as well as Messi.”

Franz Beckenbauer (Ex Germany) - “Messi is a genius. He has everything. When I watch him, I see a player who is very, very, skilful, very clever and his left foot is like Diego Maradona’s.”

Almunia (Arsenal) - “Messi is very skilful and can do whatever he wants at any moment. He’s the best player in the world.”

Ronaldo (Brazil) – “There is no doubt that Messi is the best player in the world.”

Hristo Stoichkov (Ex Barcelona) – “Once they said they can only stop me with a pistol but today you need a machine gun to stop Messi.”

Romario (Ex Brazil) – “Messi has all the conditions to be the best.”

Oliver Kahn (Ex Germany) – “Messi is undoubtedly a gifted footballer, like Maradona and Pele, and he’s playing for the best club side in the world at the moment. He’s successful and he’s winning trophies, so it’s only logical that he’ll be voted the best player in the world.”

Thiago Silva (Brazil) - “Messi is a special player, certainly the best attacker I’ve played against to date, but I think comparing players from different generations is difficult. All I know is that he’s spectacular and already is definitely among the best ever.”

Michel Platini (President, UEFA) - “Messi is the great player of this generation, like there were great players in other generations.”

Pato (Brazil) – “When Messi plays, he is the best.”

Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao) - “I’m not sure Messi is a human.”

Ganso (Brazil) - “Without doubt he is on another planet, because he does things others can’t.”

Luis Figo (Ex Portugal) – “For me, to watch Messi play is a pleasure – it’s like having an orgasm – it’s an incredible pleasure.”

Thiago Alacantera (Barcelona) - “We can give him the ball and we can stand back and watch him. People often say to me they saw Pele and Maradona play. In the future, I will be able to say I saw Messi play.”

Ruud Gullit (Ex Netherlands) - “He is already the best in the world. He is an exceptional talent. I still think Diego Maradona is the best player I have ever seen, but Messi is closing in fast. He’s a wonderful sight in full flight and we are lucky to have him around.”

Luis Figo (Ex Inter) - “Player I would like to sign for Internazionale? It’s easy, the strongest in Europe at the moment is Lionel Messi, so I would say him. Messi has amazing qualities, he is the best of all, number one. That is

Johan Cryuff (Ex Barcelona) – “For the world of football, Messi is a treasure because he is role model for children around the world.”

Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool FC) - “There is no doubt, you’re from another galaxy. Thanks Leo”

Demba Ba (Newcastle United) - “Is Messi a human being?????”

John Heitinga (Everton) - “Mejores jugador del Mundo Messi! Best player in the World!”

Gary Linekar (Ex England) - “Fella’s a genius! Best ever by a distance in my life time! Never really saw Pele. Wait til he grows up! Souness, Gullit, Venables and now Rooney agree Messi is the best they have seen. He plays a game to which we are not familiar.”

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – “Is Messi the best player of all times?”

Meneses (Coach, Brazil) – “Messi? We will play against the best in the world.”

Johan Cryuff (Ex Barcelona) – “Messi will be the player to win the most Ballons d’Or in history. He will win five, six,seven. He is incomparable. He’s in a different league.”

Rio Ferdinand (Man United) - “Who were the best players I had ever played against? Raul, Messi, Zidane.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) : “Messi is more naturally gifted than Ronaldo. Messi does not need his right foot, though. He only uses the left and he’s still the best in the world! Imagine if he also used his right foot, Then we would have serious problems!”

Rivaldo (Ex Brazil) – “Between Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, I go with Messi. For me he is the best in the World.”

Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) - “I wear Number 10 Jersey for the US National Team in honor of the Greatest athlete i have ever seen, Messi.”

Miguel Angel Lotina (Ex Coach, Deportivo) – “Comparing CR7 to Messi is an exercise of ignorance in football. Messi is Messi and others, footballers.”

Radomir Antic (Coach, Serbia) - “Messi is the Mozart of football.”

John Carlin (Journalist, Argentina) – “Messi is much more than being clever. He is a genius who reserves all his expressiveness for football.”

Mario Balotelli (Manchester City) - “There’s only one that is a little stronger than me: Messi. All the othersare behind me.”

Massimo Moratti (President, Inter Milan) - “Messi is the only player for whom I would go crazy.”

Antonio Lobo Antunes (Writer,Portugal) - “There are 3 or 4 important things in life: Books, Friends, Women……and Messi.”

Bar Rafaeli (Model, Israel) - “At this point I’m starting to believe that Messi is tightly related to Clark Kent.”

*Clark Kent is the Secret Identity of Fictional Character Superman.

Yaya Toure (Ex Barcelona) – “Cristiano Ronaldo has done massive things in both the Premier League and in the Champions League, but Messi is the best though and I am convinced that next year he will win the Ballon d’Or.”

Gerd Muller (Ex Bayern Munich) – “Technically, Messi is superb. His goals are brilliant. And despite being a genius, he’s not a selfish player”

Salomon Kalou (Chelsea) - “Messi is the best player in the world, no doubts. But we hope that in the games against us, he won’t be the best player.”

Gerard Pique (Barcelona) - “It feels good to be in the same generation as him. I believe he’s the best player in the history of the sport.”

Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) – “I am not crazy enough to compare myself with Messi because he is the best there ever was and the best there will ever be.”

Terry McDermot (Ex Liverpool) - “Messi is the best ever. I played in a great LFC team of the late 70s and early 80s which ruled Europe but imust say i think this Barcelona team would batter us.”

Donovan (USA) - “Lionel Messi, you know what right now? Just
call him the best.”

Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) -”I think Messi is the best forward in the world. It is very difficult to play against him. But he is not only a forward, he is moving everywhere. He is a very good player.”

Juninho (Brazil) - “Barcelona are the best team in Europe and for that reason, they are the favourites. In addition, they have the best player in the world today, Lionel Messi.”

Galliani (Vice President Milan) – “Messi is the best player ever. And this is said by someone who has seen Maradona and Pele play.”

Gerry Armstrong (Ex Tottenham) – “I have played against (Michel) Platini, (Diego) Maradona, (Johan) Cruyff and played with George Best — a lot of big names, but none of them has been able to do what Messi does. Two years ago I said that the best player I played against was Maradona and the best player I have played with was Bestie. But I can now say I have never seen a player as good as Messi. He’s in a league of his own.”

Andy Cole (Ex Manchester United) – “Regular readers will know I’m a fan of (Cristiano) Ronaldo, and an even bigger fan of the man who’s assumed his mantle with quite astonishing success, Wayne Rooney. But Messi is on a higher plain than even that pair.”

Gerd Muller (Ex Bayern Munich) - ”My record stood for 40 years and now the best player in the world has broken it. I’m happy for him. Messi is fantastic. An incredible player, a giant. And such a nice and modest guy. Only one defect: he doesn’t play at Bayern.”

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) - ”Respect Lionel Messi!!!”

Joey Barton (Marseille) - ”Messi. 86 goals in calendar year and still 3 games to play! Best to ever play the game in my opinion just edges Maradona.”

Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund) - ”86 Goals in 2012 – Leo Messi magic!”

Ezequiel Lavezzi (PSG) - ”Congratulations, Leo Messi!! New record for the best in the world! A big hug”

Alex Morgan (US Women’s NT, Ballon d’Or 2012 Nominee) - ”Messi is out of this world. Scoring 86 goals this year… In 2012. What an incredible accomplishment”

Pepe Mel (Coach Real Betis) - “I prefer Messi plays, you want to see the best players on the pitch. But I’m not stupid, he’s the best in the world.”

Sabella (Coach, Argentina) - ”Messi is the best in the world, almost a player from another planet. It’s very difficult to find words for Leo.”

Michel Platini (President, UEFA) - “Don’t know this year or next, but Messi will win 4th Ballon d’Or and surpass Cruyff, Van Basten and me.”

Carlos Bianchi (Ex Coach Velez -Boca -Atletico): “Lionel Messi is the best player of all times.”

Javier Hernandez (Manchester United) - ”Greatest footballer I have ever played with or against? Against Messi”

Toni Schumacher (ex-Koln -Fenerbahce) - ”Football keeps producing icons who shape an era. In my day it was Maradona, and now it’s Messi. He achieves the unbelievable on the field, and all at the highest pace you can imagine.”

Harry Redknapp (Coach, QPR) - ”Lionel Messi is the most amazing player I have ever seen.”

Caniggia (ex-Atalanta -Boca) – “This is the era of Messi, period. He’s very creative, always finds new ways to deal with his opponents.”

Juanlu (Levante) - ”You can only stop Messi if he watches the game from the stands.”

Usain Bolt (Sprinter) - ”Messi or Cristiano – Speed? Cristiano. Shot? Cristiano. Dribbling? Messi. Intelligence? Messi. Talent? Messi. Winner is Messi!”

Pachin (ex-Real Madrid) - ”I love Messi, I think he will break all records. I’m envious he doesn’t play with us, at Madrid.”

Buffon (Juvetus) – “Messi is a once in a generation player. It’s unlikely that any human being will repeat his numbers.”

Hitzfeld (Ex-Coach Bayern Munich) – “Messi is, together with Pele, one of the best that ever lived. Breaking Muller’s record was a matter of time.”

Moyes (coach Everton) – “Messi is the world’s best and gets physically attacked every game but all he ever does is get up and get on with it.”

Diego Simeone (Coach, Athletico Madrid) – “Diego (Maradona) has filled us with emotions. But between the cracks, without doubt, Messi is better than Maradona.”

Vitor Baia (ex-Porto) – “Messi is marking a decade. He’s on his way to become one of the best in history, maybe best ever.”

Mario Jorge Zagallo (Ex Coach, Brazil) – “Messi is the best player in the world because of what he has done and is doing with Barcelona.”

Sandro Mazzola (European Cup 1964 1965) – “Messi’s control and technique while going at full speed is unique in the world.”

Josip Simunic (Dinamo Zagreb) – “Messi deserves it (Ballon d’or) and I’m 100% behind him. He’s the best player of all time and if he stays fit he will continue for the next five or six years. The things he does right now are out of this world.”

Ruud van Nistelrooy (Ex Real Madrid) – “Messi is on a different level. The fact he is doing what he is year after year says that he is the best of all time.”

Shay Given (Ex Goal Keeper, Ireland) – “Who do I think will win the FIFA Ballon d’or (2012) in Zurich today? Lionel Messi. Best player ever to grace this planet.”

Alfio Basile (Ex Coach, Boca Juniors) – “You cannot compare anyone to Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo is a great human footballer, but Messi is a Martian.”

Robbie Fowler (ex-Liverpool) – “The best player EVER (Leo Messi) without a shadow, if you didn’t think/know already…”

Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)- “Congrats to Messi! Wow, 4 yrs in a row! Added something else to his list of ‘only person to..’ Is Messi Best Of All Time?”

Gary Neville (Ex Man.United) - “This Guy (Messi) is the Best Player in the World, no doubt about that. I think we’re always nervous about calling people who are currently playing, who are young at 23, to say he’s the Best Player ever. But we shouldn’t be. We should admit what we are seeing in front of our eyes. This is a special talent, who may be is the Best Player ever been seen.”

Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) - “Lionel Messi has to win tonight’s Ballon d’Or. He’s simply the Best. Decision should be unanimous.”

Eric Cantona (Ex Man.United) - “Messi, he’s exceptional. When you watch him, you feel there’s a child inside him and he is making some childhood dream come true. He’s a Great Player, not only for today but also tomorrow.”

Graeme Souness (Ex Liverpool) - “Lionel Messi is the Best Player Ever.”

Pele (Ex Brazil) – “I like Messi a lot, he’s a great player. Technically, we’re practically at the same level.”

Jürgen Klopp (Coach, Dortmund) - “Messi is the Best. There must be life out there somewhere, on some other planet. Because he is too good and we are just too bad for him.”

Adriano Galliani (AC Milan Vice President) – “Messi is the best player of all time. Better than Pele, better than Maradona and better than anyone else.”

Samuel Eto’o (Ex Barcelona) – “Messi is God, as a person and even more as a player. I knew him when he was a boy and I’ve watched him grow. He deserves it all. I hope that he can win the World Cup with Argentina. He’s a good boy and I wish him all the best”.

Romario (Ex Brazil) - “Newton and Einstein had a certain level of autism — I hope that like them, Messi surpasses himself every day and continues to give us his beautiful brand of football.”

Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal) – “The greatest player in the world. He’s got a fantastic vision of the game, and what he can do technically — it’s crazy.”

LeBron James (Basketball player, Miami Heats) – “Messi is the best player in the world. If he’s not already, he’ll be the best footballer of all time.”

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) - “Lionel Messi was made in a laboratory, he’s not human.”

Ray Hudson (Commentator) - “They tell me that all men are equal in God’s eyes, this player (Messi) makes you seriously think about those words. ”

Harry Redknapp (Ex Coach, Tottenham) – “You couldn’t put a value on him, he’s on another planet. For me, Lionel Messi is undoubtedly the No.1 player in the world.”

Carlos Tévez (Juventus) – “My ideal trident would be myself alongside Rooney and Messi. They are the players who make me dream — not Cristiano.”

Tito Vilanova (Ex Coach, Barcelona) - “Messi the best player in the world by far. I don’t think we’ll ever see a player like him again.”

Xavi (Barcelona) – “It is clear that Messi is on a level above all others. Those who do not see that are blind.”

David Moyes (Ex Coach, Everton) – “Lionel Messi gets kicked every week. It’s the only way to stop him. But all he ever does is smile, get up & get on with it.”

Erik Lamela (Tottenham) – “Leo deserves the Ballon d’Or — he’s the best player in the world. As a person he’s very modest, both on the field and off it.”

Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich) - “Messi is class. There is him, and then there is the rest. What he does is extraordinary. He demands admiration.”

Diego Alves (Valencia) – “Messi makes the difference. He does everything so well and manages to do it at such an unstoppable pace.”

Pedro Pinto (Anchor, CNN) – “Messi is unstoppable and we should feel privileged to be watching a player who may be the best of all time. The best and most exciting footballer on the planet.”

Juan Pablo Varsky (Journalist, La Nación) - “I saw Maradona play extraordinary matches. I followed his career live, for me Messi is the best of Diego, every single day.”

Jürgen Klopp (Coach, Dortmund) – “Cristiano reminds me of German tennis player Michael Stich. He was destined to make history, but then Boris Becker showed up. Cristiano is so fast, so strong, so incredible, but he has one problem: Leo Messi.”

Niklas Moisander (Ajax) – “Messi is unbelievable. It is great to get the chance to play against the best in the world. It doesn’t really need repeating: he is a fantastic player.”

Jagoba Arrasate (Coach, Real Sociedad) – “Leo Messi the best in the world. He has 1,000 ways of beating you. It’s easy to talk to the players about stopping Messi, but doing it is much harder. “