Lionel Messi rejected 'huge' deal from Premier League club before extending contract

Messi 'Rejected £88m Signing Bonus, £850000 A Week Wage From Man City

Messi flourished through Barcelona's famous academy La Masia and has been at the club since he was a 13-year old. I want them to grow up in a calm place, being able to enjoy life with security.

A month ago, the Super Eagles won 4-2 in a friendly encounter against a Messi-less Albiceleste in Krasnodar, Russia.

However, the Argentine attacker has voiced his concern over the state of affairs in his country which may cast doubt over any potential return.

Ernesto Valverde, however, has left Messi as a substitute for Barca's last two Champions League outings, away to Juventus in November and in Tuesday's home win over Sporting.

Jorge Sampaoli's side nearly did not qualify for the tournament, but a Messi hat-trick in their final qualifier against Ecuador secured their spot in Russian Federation.


"We have had some good games, or good spells under Sampaoli". As we are today, we are not far from that although there are better teams than us such as Brazil, Germany, France and Spain. The bitterness we feel is because we know what awaits us if we do badly.

"If he wanted to leave then he wouldn't have signed that new contract".

The Barcelona legend, 30, called time on playing for the national side after they lost in the 2016 Copa America final to Chile.

"Of course, it is tough being a sub, but I have come to understand it is for the best".

Argentina were placed in Group D at last week's World Cup draw, alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

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