Found February 07, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Lionel Messi
For Lionel Messi, signing a new contract with FC Barcelona comes as naturally as scoring a goal. The Argentine superstar inked a new deal with the only club he has ever represented at the professional level. The contract ties him to Barcelona  for the next five years (through June 2018) and keeps his buyout fee at its current astronomical level, according to CNN. “The 25-year-old has signed a new long-term deal with his buy-out clause remaining at $335 million, while he will earn a net salary of $14.75 million per year,” the report says. “This is the sixth time in eight seasons that Messi has negotiated a new contract with Barcelona desperate to hold onto its star player.” Messi had agreed to the terms of the new contract at the end of last season, but he only signed it on Thursday. There was never much doubt that he would commit himself to Barcelona, as he has played for the Spanish club since he was 13 and never publicly entertained the idea of moving. An unnamed Russian club repo...

Fan runs on field to kiss Messi

One soccer fan got very friendly during Argentina’s friendly against Sweden in Stockholm Wednesday.  Watch below as the guy ran on to the pitch (soccer field for us normal people), went up to Argentinian legend Lionel Messi to give him a peck on the forehead and a litte head rub like you’d give your Golden Retriever.  Except it sure seemed like Joe Fan felt a spark.  Weirdo...

Lionel Messi gets kissed by pitch invader during Argentina/Sweden friendly (Video)

Since Valentine's Day is about a week from today, we here at Outside the Boxscore figured that this clip of soccer star Lionel Messi getting a kiss will get you in the mood. In the final minute of the Argentina/Sweden friendly, a pitch invader found his way onto the field and decided to plant a small kiss on Messi's head once he found him: Kudos to Messi for taking...

Barcelona's Messi inks 2-year contract extension

Lionel Messi has signed a two-year contract extension with Barcelona, linking him to the Spanish club until June 2018. The 25-year-old Argentina forward joined Barcelona when he was 13, and debuted with the first team three years later. He has gone on to become Barcelona's all-time leading scorer en route to winning four FIFA world player of the year awards. Barcelona first...

Fan invades pitch, kisses Lionel Messi's forehead during Sweden vs Argentina friendly (Video)

A fan invaded the pitch near the end of Wednesday's friendly between Sweden and Argentina to hug Lionel Messi and kiss him on the forehead. The fan, who was wearing Messi's Barcelona jersey, ruffled Messi's hair a bit before surrendering to security and allowed himself to be taken away. Messi was left to wipe himself down with his shirt before finishing out the...

Ronaldinho Imagines Neymar and Lionel Messi Playing ‘Beautiful’ Soccer Together at Barcelona

Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho sees Brazil teammate Neymar as a good option for FC Barcelona and thinks he could play alongside Lionel Messi. “Of course I imagine Messi and Neymar playing together at the club, it would be beautiful,” Ronaldinho explained. Ronaldinho is happy for Messi’s success. “I was very happy when he won his fourth Golden Ball. He deserves it because...

Messi signs new Barcelona contract

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has signed his two-year contract extension which ties him to the Nou Camp until June 2018. The Argentina superstar put pen to paper on his new deal at the Nou Camp on Thursday afternoon. Messi follows in the footsteps of fellow club stalwarts Xavi and Carles Puyol, both of whom signed their extensions last month. Barca announced in December they...

Fan runs onto pitch, kisses Lionel Messi and ruffles his hair

This was probably a scary moment for star soccer player Lionel Messi because he had no way of knowing what exactly the fan was going to do.  But it turned out that during this friendly match between Argentina and Sweden, that the fan merely wanted to let Messi know that he’s a big fan.  Strange, yes, but it could have ended up much worse.[YouTube]

Betis striker Ruben Castro out 3 weeks with injury

Real Betis says striker Ruben Castro will be sidelined for three weeks with a leg injury. The Spanish club said on Saturday that Castro had hurt a muscle in his right leg. Castro is tied for fourth-highest scorer in the Spanish league this season with 12 goals through 22 rounds. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi leads the league with 34 goals. Castro will miss Monday's game against...

Dries Mertens: Time to move up

Pace. Flair. Tenacity. A low centre of gravity. An eye for a pass. Imagine those attributes in a diminutive attacker. Lionel Messi? No. Franck Ribery? Again, no. Another hint – he’s Belgian. Are you thinking of Eden Hazard? Wrong answer. The player in question is Dries Mertens, who, at the age of 25 (turns 26 this year), has now reached the point in his career where he is ready...

Defeat for Scolari on return as Brazil coach

Luiz Felipe Scolari and Ronaldinho endured disappointing returns to international football as Brazil lost 2-1 to England, while Spain, Germany and Argentina all won high-profile friendlies on Wednesday to justify their positions as the world's top three teams. World champion Spain stretched its unbeaten run to 17 games by beating Uruguay 3-1, Germany came from behind to beat...
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