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Messi forgoes opportunity to be the world's highest paid player

08 December 2017

This morning the staggering news has broken that the Barcelona striker, Lionel Messi, was the subject of interest from the English Premier League side, Manchester City.

Spanish newspaper Marca reported that City owner Sheikh Mansour had personally made the offer, which also contained a £44m-a-year salary, and bypassed intermediaries.

City are said to have offered him an incredible £850,000-a-week to move to the Premier League, along with the signing bonus.

When it comes to modern day football, there's very little that brings out opinions quite as vociferously as a footballer signing a new contract, especially when details of the size of the deal are leaked. Lionel Messi started his career at Barcelona and he is going to finish it there.

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City have taken a strong squad to Ukraine despite already having secured top spot in their group by winning all five of their opening matches.

"We are so proud that he is here with us and, if he plays, hopefully he will do OK".

The mercurial playmaker was aware of Argentina's complications and conceeded that there are better teams in the competition.

And he made no secret of his dislike at being amongst the subs.

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"We have had some good games, or good spells under Sampaoli".

Lionel Messi has once again said that his ambition is to end his playing days with his boyhood club Newell's Old Boys, but admitted that there is some doubt as to whether it will come to pass. We are full of confidence.

"The critics make him suffer, we have spoken about it many times. For us, it is a big challenge to play against them".

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Messi forgoes opportunity to be the world's highest paid player