Found December 27, 2012 on NESN.com:
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An unnamed Russian soccer team tested the strength of the bond between Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona recently, only to discover that money alone can’t break it. The Argentine superstar was presented with and offer that would have made him the world’s most expensive and highest-paid player. He declined the massive offer and chose to sign a contract extension with Barcelona instead, according to Football Espana. “The Argentine, along with teammates Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernandez , extended his stay at Camp Nou last week, signing a deal which apparently upped his wages to €16 million ($21.2 million) a year,” the report says. “However a report in today’s Mundo Deportivo states that an unnamed Russian outfit attempted to hijack negotiations by offering Messi €30 million ($40 million) a year. The suitors were also apparently willing to meet the player’s colossal €250 million ($330.8 million) buyout clause. “Messi and his father [and agent] Jorge are said to have ignored the approach, cho...
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