Barcelona sporting director provides update on future of Lionel Messi

Barcelona's sporting director Albert Soler has revealed that Lionel Messi will sign a new contract soon with the Argentine and the club having already finalised terms informally.

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Messi must win a World Cup

The Argentina coach believes that a player of Lionel Messi’s quality should retire only after having won the World Cup. Edgardo Bauza believes that the player has so much quality that he needs to win the World Cup at least once in his career to complete all the different trophies he has won with his club.

Edgardo Bauza is the man that convinced Lionel Messi to come out of retirement after he announced that he was leaving the Argentina team after the Copa America.

Luis Enrique confident on Messi Record Unbreakable

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says that Lionel Messi will probably leave a record that will never be broken in Spanish football.

The 27-year-old became the all-time highest goalscorer in the Spanish league after a hat-trick against Sevilla in the 5-1 victory. Telmo Zarra's record of 251 goals has stood since 1955, but Messi has now gone past the mark and has scored 253.

MESSI FACES MILAN

Barcelona are set to face AC Milan yet again in the Champions league after being down with the Italian team in the group stages of the competition.

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MESSI WANTS TEAM PRIZE

The Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has claimed that he would happily swap the number of personal accolades he has received in recent seasons for the ultimate prize for a team – the World Cup.

MESSI IS HAPPY

The Argentina national football team manager Alejandro Sabella has said that the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is extremely happy with his life in contrast to the Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 27-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo recently claimed that he was sad due to professional reasons at the Spanish club. This has consequently lead to poor performances of the Spanish club in the league after they are currently in the 15th position. Barcelona, meanwhile, are currently top of the table due to the extraordinary performances of their superstar Lionel Messi. The Argentine once again was influential for the national team in the 3-1 win over Paraguay in a recent World Cup qualifying match.

After the victory, the Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella said that he does not see any reason for sadness within Lionel Messi. Previously, the Barcelona superstar did not perform for the national team, but Alejandro Sabella has modified the formation and the way the team plays in order to suit Lionel Messi. This has paid rich dividends after the national team are currently doing well in the World Cup qualifying group. The 25-year-old scored from a curling freekick in the 3-1 win over Paraguay. Argentina will be facing Peru and Uruguay in the next two qualifying matches.

"Messi is happy. He's on the top of his game and he's showing it out on the pitch. When he's in that sort of mood and feeling happy, we have a great chance of him giving us many more happy moments," said Sabella after the match. "This is a beautiful feeling. It's amazing when the crowd shows you so much love. It has happened in the Copa America, here in Cordoba, and in Buenos Aires, too," said Lionel Messi after scoring his 10th goal in just six matches for the national team.

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SABELLA PRAISES MESSI

The Argentina national team manager Alejandro Sabella has come out in praise of the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi by saying that the nation is gifted that the 24-year-old is not a Brazilian.

Lionel Messi has often been described as the greatest player in the world right now, while many even have been comparing him with some of legends of football like Diego Maradona. He was once again at his explosive best in the recent friendly match against archrivals Brazil. The Brazilian national team has been featuring a number of young players in recent matches, and it was the case once again against Argentina.

Lionel Messi managed to score a wonderful hat-trick to help Argentina win the match 4-3 in the end. The 85th minute winner by Lionel Messi proved to be the decisive goal after Brazil had taken the lead in the second half. Argentina has been looking at various ways to bring out the best from the 24 year old Barcelona player.

Lionel Messi performs exceptionally well for the club team, but it has not been the case with the national team. This season, however, Messi has been doing extraordinary magic for the national team as well. He has now scored a remarkable 77 goals in all competitions this season.

"It's a rare moment that we must make the most of. Luckily he's from Argentina and we can enjoy ourselves. Leo is an exceptional talent, better than Cristiano Ronaldo. We don't play like Barcelona, we play more narrow but we still try to maximise his qualities. Talking about the game itself, it could have gone either way. It is very difficult to control a game against a team with such potential as Brazil. They have great attacking firepower. We need to work on our defence though, as this time we conceded three. We must find the right balance and equilibrium," Sabella told Ole.

MESSI DESERVERS FOUR

Barcelona midfielder Isaac Cuenca has said that Argentine superstar player Lionel Messi has proved this season that he deserves the fourth straight Ballon d'Or award.

Lionel Messi has already won the Ballon d'Or three times in succession. It is a feat that has been matched only by the likes of Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and a few others.

Just when it seemed that Lionel Messi would once again proved that he is by far the best in the Champions League this season, he failed miserably in the two matches against Chelsea in the semi-final. As a result, Barcelona have failed in their objective to become the first club to win the Champions League in successive occasions.

However, he has proved that he is once again the best in the world by scoring 72 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season. Isaac Cuenca, who is beginning to establish himself as one of the first-team regulars at Barcelona under manager Guardiola, has said that Lionel Messi's record of having scored more goals than anyone else in the game of football in a single season alone deserves a lot of praise. Cuenca has even suggested that Argentine superstar Lionel Messi should receive the Ballon d'Or award for the fourth consecutive year.

"He is undoubtedly the best and deserves another Ballon d'Or. Leo helps us younger players, he tries to correct us and encourages us. In footballing terms, I always keep an eye on him [Pedro] because we play in the same position and because he also came out of the youth system. Tito’s arrival is a bonus for everybody, especially in order for Barça to continue with their model. But he hasn’t said anything yet, neither to the veterans or the youngsters," said Cuenca about Lionel Messi and the arrival of new manager Tito Vilanova.

MESSI SILENCES CRITICS

Lionel Messi has often been criticised for performing poorly at international level for Argentina. However, he silenced that his critics after scoring a wonderful hat-trick in the match against Switzerland on Wednesday night – a friendly for Argentina.

Argentina beat Switzerland 3-1 in the friendly match, which is expected to be a major preparation for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers for Argentina.

Lionel Messi has often found himself on the periphery of the attention when it comes to grabbing goals for Argentina. Even though Lionel Messi usually averages around one goal per game for Barcelona, the same does not apply for the international team.

Lionel Messi combined with the Manchester City striker Sergei Aguero for the opening goal in the 19th minute. It was a goal that once again showed the spectacular capability Lionel Messi possessed within him. It was a goal in which he ran through almost the entire Swiss defence to score it. In many ways, it was reminiscent of the goal he scored in the Spanish la Liga for Barcelona a few seasons ago.

However, Argentina could not capitalise on the lead, as they soon allowed the Swiss to get back into the game. Xherdan Shaqiri scored the equaliser for Switzerland, but Lionel Messi helped Argentina win the match comfortably in the closing stages after scoring two more goals to complete his hat-trick.

More than 30,000 people turned up to see the match, and they were not disappointed one little bit. Lionel Messi was the architect of all the goals scored in the match. Despite enjoying lengthy periods of possession, Argentina will be extremely unhappy at the fact that they allowed Switzerland to get back into the match. However, thanks to Lionel Messi, Argentina can go home with confidence about being able to take on the World Cup qualifiers.

MESSI NAMED WORLD PLAYER OF YEAR

It is tough to argue beyond the fact that Lionel Messi is the best in the world and this is a statement that Barcelona defender Gerard Pique fully agrees with.

Lionel Messi recently lifted the third Ballon d'Or award of his career, beating the likes of Xavi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the way. Even though Cristiano Ronaldo slightly edged out Lionel Messi in terms of the number of goals scored, the Argentine clawed back the advantage in terms of the number of assists.

Further, Lionel Messi was also important in Barcelona's second Champions League victory in three seasons, whereas Ronaldo was able to lift only the Spanish cup with Real Madrid.

As a result, Lionel Messi won the prestigious Ballon d'Or award with almost 50 percentage of the votes compared to the other two contenders. Even though Xavi was highly influential for Barcelona, the flair and skill provided by Lionel Messi has helped him along the way. Now, defender Gerard Pique has said that the decision to choose Lionel Messi is the winner of the Ballon d'Or award is the right one. According to him, Lionel Messi has been the undisputed best player in the world over the past year and continues to be so.

"It is clear, Messi, he has been playing at a high level for years. And Leo is the best in the world. He is driving this team to be one of the best in history. Thanks to him we have won many of the titles that we have in our [cabinet]. We just have to hope that he maintains this level for as long as possible," Pique was quoted as saying by La Vanguardia. Lionel Messi is also nominated in the goal of the award along with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Santos player Neymar.