Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Barcelona plan new deal for Lionel Messi?

Barcelona plan new deal for Lionel Messi?

"It's useless trying to make a leader out of a man who goes to the toilet 20 times before a game".

After a disappointing World Cup in Russian Federation, where Argentina failed to get past the last 16, Messi opted to take a sabbatical from global football.

Seemingly unsure that Lionel Messi should be involved at all with the national team, Diego Maradona concluded; "I wouldn't call Messi but never say never".

"Messi is a great player, but he's not a leader", Maradona told Fox Sports Mexico. "Before speaking to the coach, he'll play PlayStation and then on the field, he asks to be and wants to be the leader", said Maradona, who was, quite frankly, talking in a suspicious state of mind.

"There's no two ways about it. Let's stop making a god out of Messi".

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I walked into Stamford Bridge and hear this shout: 'Mauriziooooooo!' Then the chants, it makes you want to pinch yourself. We had requested extra holidays from Mourinho after the title. "I came back totally out of shape".

Messi reportedly earns over £100million a year as a Barcelona player and is the best paid footballer in the world.

Barcelona eggheads are now considering a new long-term extension that will keep Messi at Nou Camp until he turns 36 in 2022 or 2023. "We offered him triple the salary he has at Barcelona, but he never accepted it", said Khaldoon al Mubarak, the president of the reinging Premier League champions, referring to an objective in 2016.

"There's a need to take pressure off him".

The reference was believed to be in connection with Messi's extreme nerves before games that have seen him vomit ahead of some important matches.

Messi, 31, has claimed every possible honour with Barcelona and has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award five times.

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