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Barca to offer Messi new deal

August 3, 2009

Barcelona are working on a new contract for star man Lionel Messi, according to reports in Spain and Italy.

GettyImagesStar striker Lionel Messi celebrates his goal as Barcelona win the Champions League.

Both El Mundo Deportivo and Gazzetta dello Sport have suggested the Catalan club are to offer the 22-year-old €9.5m per year in an attempt to secure his long-term future.

Barca are also keen to raise the buyout figure in Messi's deal, which currently stands at €150m, to €300m.

The mooted new deal would see Messi overtake recent signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the best paid player at the Nou Camp.

The Argentina international has spent his entire career at Barcelona having come through the club's youth system.

He made his debut in 2004 at the age of 17 and has gone on to score 54 goals in 109 league appearances.

After starring in Barca's successful Champions League campaign last term he is widely viewed as the favourite for the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards.