Champions League: Messi reacts to Valverde dropping him against Sporting Lisbon, Juventus

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

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

"They're very different", revealed the 30-year-old.

Messi's stats, success and innumerable broken records back up the money he'll be earning though, with 524 goals in 605 Barca appearances to his name along with eight La Liga titles, five Copa Del Reys, four Champions Leagues and three FIFA Club World Cups.

Argentina endured a torrid qualifying campaign in South America's CONMEBOL group, only securing a World Cup place in the last match against Ecuador in October with a Messi-inspired 3-1 victory in Quito. "It'll be hard for some to stay on", he told TyC Sports.

At one point it looked as though Messi may not be at the 2018 World Cup even if Argentina did qualify after he announced his global retirement in June 2016 after a second successive Copa America final defeat to Chile.

They reached the final at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but suffered defeat to Germany. But it's true that we have to improve if we aspire to be world champions. "I understand Masche. The best thing is to play and enjoy yourself, and he doesn't think he'll get minutes here".

They moved early, as Messi would have been able to speak to City in the New Year if he had not signed a new deal.

"I would have to review them to see what we did wrong so we don't repeat them".

Marca also claims that Messi's representatives were approached by the Premier League leaders without permission from his current club.

He said that media criticism has created a culture of fear within the squad.

People get exhausted and want to see new faces and new things in the National Team. The bitterness we feel is because we know what awaits us if we do badly.

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