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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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Lionel Messi had a pretty great year. The FC Barcelona forward notched a record-breaking 91 goals during the 2012 calendar year — 79 with Barcelona, 12 with the Argentina national team — which means his highlight reel is nothing short of epic. Seriously, this thing is a commitment, so grab some popcorn and a soft drink of choice, and settle in to watch the best soccer player...
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo , Barcelona star Lionel Messi turned down a transfer move to Russian giants Anzhi Makhachkala after the Russian giants offered a €250 million bid.
The Argentine captain was reportedly offered a 560,000 euro-a-week, five year contract but quickly dismissed the advances from the Russian club. The 25-year-old would have earned €30 million...
The first goal, against Osasuna , was a header to the back post in the Copa del Rey. Numbers six and seven were solo runs down the gut against Malaga . The 22nd goal capped a record-setting day, but most aficionados would count the 18th and 20th goals, little chips over a helpless Bernd Leno, as the most memorable.
Sixty-nine goals later after that faithful Champions League night...
Magical Messi Christmas – Historical background and goals from 2012 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
As a Christmas day special, Sky Sports presented a special package which was hosted by the Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague. It was called “Magic of Messi”.
Balague visited some of the significant places in Lionel Messi’s lifetime as he moved from Argentina to...
Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi, broke a 40-year-old record held by Gerd Muller for the most goals in a calendar year. The previous record of eighty five goals was shattered earlier this month and he went on to add five more goals before the winter break in Spain.
FIFA Ultimate Team and Fantasy Sports
On the advice of a friend who swears by FIFA ultimate team, I gave this game mode a try last year as it was touted as a fantasy sports/trading card type of video game.
I am someone who enjoys a good sports title when I can find the time to play and my ultimate team experience was actually quite a fun one.
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