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Messi still receives a great bonus for loyalty despite leaving Barca

ESPN revealed Messi will still receive a big loyalty bonus whether or not he decides to leave Barca at the end of this season.

Messi has not yet agreed to extend his contract with Barca, which will end at the end of this season. Conflict with the Barca leadership could cause the Argentine striker to leave after 20 years of sticking.

But despite the decision to break up with Barca, Messi still receives a great bonus for loyalty over the years. The source of ESPN revealed that Messi’s contract with Barca in 2017 had a provision for the club to pay bonuses for player loyalty.

The gods of Barca in the past such as Xavi or Iniesta also received the same bonus when parting with the team. This is a gift that Barca gives to the players who have dedicated their career to the club.

But Messi’s case is more special because the prize money is unprecedented. The source of ESPN said that Barca will reward Messi about 66 million euros. Messi received half of the prize money in February this year and the other half will be paid out at the end of the contract.

Before that, Xavi was only awarded 21 million euros for loyalty to Barca, Iniesta 18 million, while Carles Puyol even refused Barca’s gifts. The former Spanish player thinks that Barca helped him become a good player, so it is obvious that he is loyal to the club.

In the current situation, having to pay a big bonus to Messi makes Barca face a lot of financial difficulties. They already owe about 480 million euros and are expected to lose about 300 million euros this season due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.

To deal with this situation, Barca is asking the players to reduce their salaries by 30% (about 190 million euros) and sell 50% of the shares of the Barca Corporate project (about 200 million euros).

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4 Pele records that Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar still have to pursue

Soccer King Pele still owns 4 football records that Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar are also difficult to break in the near future.

Pele has retired for more than 40 years but still holds 4 hard-to-break records in world football. Whether Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar or Kylian Mbappe are very talented, the chances of breaking these records are very low.

1. The only player who won the world championship 3 times

Pele has three times to lift the World Cup championship in 1958, 1962 and 1970. That record has stood staggering in the past 50 years that no one can level. Two other players also participated in 3 World Cup finals but only won 2 times: Cafu and Ronaldo Nazario de Lima (1994, 2002).

Meanwhile, both Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar have never won the world championship, let alone leveling Pele’s record. Mbappe alone won the World Cup at the age of 19, but whether it is possible to maintain this record in the following years is still unknown.

2. World’s top scorer

Pele still claims to have scored 1,283 career goals, including both official and unofficial matches. This achievement is always controversial because many goals are not confirmed. Someone said Pele only scored 1,281 or 1,282 goals.

Even FIFA only recognized Pele to score 757 goals in official matches. This milestone is entirely within the reach of Ronado (737) and Messi (704) as both have maintained good scoring records in the past two seasons with more than 30 goals per season.

3. Player scoring the most with a team

Messi has a great chance to break the record for most goals scored with a team held by Pele. The King of Football scored 643 goals in 18 years playing for Santos.

Currently, Messi has 637 goals in Barca shirt and can completely break that record before the end of the season. Pele’s record would have been held if Messi left Barca last summer.

4. Brazil’s top scorer

Pele holds the record for most goals scored for the Brazilian team with 77 goals. But this milestone will soon be broken in the near future when the second runner, Neymar, has 64 goals.

The PSG striker is only 28 years old so there are still many opportunities to play for the Selecao and set a new scoring record.

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Argentina won at Bolivia after 15 years

Lionel Messi and his teammates upstream beat Bolivia 2-1 in the second round of the 2022 World Cup in South America on the evening of October 13.

Argentina had a low start. This is to be expected, although in terms of the squad they completely outperform the top stars playing in Europe such as Messi, Lautaro Martinez, etc.

Hernando Siles Stadium in Bolivia’s La Paz plateau – which is 3,640 meters above sea level – is an obsession with Argentina. As of 1979, they had played seven matches here, but won only once in 2005, remaining tied two and lost four.

And the tragedy seemed to be coming back to Argentina when the net bounced in the 24th minute. In a simple counter-counter-attack situation, although there were more people, the visitors still let Moreno Martins sneak down and jump high. Headed the opener for Bolivia. Before and after this goal, goalkeeper Franco Armani was still a few times threatened, by Martins header or Leandro Paredes shot from about 20 meters.

After getting used to the thin atmosphere and the pace of the game, Argentina gradually played better, especially in the late first half. The tackles with the participation of Messi, Lautaro and Ocampos forced Bolivia to retreat to the defense.

However, thanks to a little luck, the visitors found the equalizer in the 45th minute. In an attempt to solve the problem, Jose Carrasco hit Lautaro’s foot, causing the ball to fly back into the Bolivian goal.

Finding an equalizer before the end of the first half helps Argentina play more confidently. Messi also plays a more active role in assisting. In the 75th minute, he poked the slot for Lautaro to escape, but the Inter striker missed the chance to score. In the 79th minute, Messi opened the attack, allowing his teammates to score 2-1. After receiving the ball from the captain, Lautaro did not want to finish, but moved to the left of the box so that new player in Joaquin Correa came across the corner.

After the first two matches, Argentina earned six points. Last weekend, Messi scored the only goal from the penalty spot to help the team defeat Ecuador 1-0.

At the next gathering for the 2020 World Cup qualifiers, Argentina hosted Paraguay on November 12 and became a guest of Peru on November 17.

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20 special Messi records in 20 years with Barca (Part 2)

Scored the most against teams in the Champions League

Likewise, in the Champions League, Messi has scored 35 different opponents.

The first player to score 5 goals in a Champions League match

On March 7, 2012, Messi scored 5 goals for Barca in a match. This feat was then repeated by Luiz Adriano of Shaktar Donetsk in 2014.

Score the most goals in a year

In 2012, Messi scored 91 goals for Barca and Argentina, beating the previous record held by Gerd Muller.

El Clasico’s all-time top scorer

In the biggest match in Spain, Messi scored a total of 26 goals. His record against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu is 15 goals, more than any other away.

Longest goal in La Liga

From November 2012 to May 2013, Messi scored in 21 consecutive matches in La Liga.

Scored with 2 numbers in 14 consecutive La Liga seasons

Messi’s stability in front of goal means he is the only player to score more than 10 goals in 14 consecutive seasons.

More than 40 goals per season for 10 consecutive years

Messi has scored more than 40 goals in 10 consecutive years: 2009/10 (47 goals), 2010/11 (53), 2011/12 (73), 2012/13 (60), 2013/14 (41), 2014 / 15 (58), 2015/16 (41), 2016/17 (54), 2017/18 (45) and 2018/19 (51).

The only player to score with 2 numbers in all club competitions twice

Only Messi can hold this honor, having even done it twice in 2011/12 and 2015/16.

Player received the most Puskas award nominations

Messi’s spectacular strikes have earned him more Puskas award nominations for the best goal than any other player. Surprisingly, he never won an award.

Record assists in one La Liga season

Messi ended the 2019/20 season with 20 assists, equal to Xavi’s record in the 2008/09 season. No other player in the 21st century has supported so many goals.

Player with the most wins in La Liga history

Messi has won 361 games in La Liga. In all competitions, he won 513 out of 731 appearances for Barca. On January 30, 2020, La Pulga overcame the 500-win mark with the club.

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20 special Messi records in 20 years with Barca (Part 1)

Lionel Messi arrived in Barcelona on September 17, 2000. Since then, in the past 20 years, he has broken nearly every record in football.

Twenty years have passed since Lionel Messi started arriving in Barcelona. Here are 20 milestones he achieved in the Catalan club shirt.

Player with the most titles in Barca history

Messi’s cupboard had 34 trophies with Barcelona. The closest person to him in this respect is Andres Iniesta with 32 different championships.

Barca’s all-time best scorer

Cesar Rodriguez used to be Barca’s good gunman with 232 goals in official matches. His record stood for more than half a century, until Messi caught up on March 20, 2012 with a hat trick against Granada. Eight years later, Messi nearly tripled this number with 634 goals and hasn’t stopped.

La Liga’s all-time top scorer

On November 22, 2014, Messi overcame Telmo Zarra (Bilbao, 1940-55) to become the tournament’s top scorer. He did that with a hat-trick against Sevilla, bringing the record to 253 goals (in 289 games).

La Liga’s top hat-trick

In La Liga history, he had scored more hat-tricks than any other. The last time was in the 5-2 victory over Mallorca on December 7, 2019. Messi has 35 hat-tricks and surpasses Cristiano Ronaldo (34).

Most Golden Ball Awards

Messi’s record of winning the Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019 is unmatched in world football. He is also the youngest player to win three times, is the only player to win four times in a row and the player with the longest time from first to last (2009 and 2019).

Top scorer in a La Liga season

In the 2011/12 season, La Pulga scored 50 goals in La Liga, the highest number for any player in Spain’s highest division.

Won 7 Pichichi Awards

Messi also won more Pichichi Awards than anyone else. Last season was his 7th after overtaking Telmo Zarra.

Won the most Golden Shoes

Barça’s star scored the most goals in 5 major European leagues in the seasons 2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Scored against the most La Liga teams

Messi has scored against 37 teams in La Liga in his career. No one else can boast such a figure in Spanish football.

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Messi will surpass Xavi’s records with Barca in 2021

Messi is expected to surpass the two records Xavi holds at Barca in 2021, including playing the most games in La Liga and the most matches with the club.

Xavi Hernandez still holds two records in Barcelona, ​​but the chances of being surpassed by Lionel Messi are increasing and will most likely occur in 2021.

The first record that Messi is most easily broken is the Barca player with the most games in La Liga. He just had his 475 match against Mallorca, only 30 goals away from the legendary midfielder (505). Andoni Zubizarreta has led with 622 matches but only 301 matches with Barca.

If adding 10 games from now to the end of the season, Messi will reach 485 games, but the record above 20 appearances. That is the number that he will easily surpass next season.

Another record is in the hands of the Argentine superstar but it takes longer than the player with the most matches in Barcelona history.

Currently, Messi has played 718 matches so he can finish the season with at least 729 matches (10 in La Liga and 1 in the C1 Cup). He needs 39 more games to surpass Xavi, the leader in history with 767 matches.

If nothing changes, it seems that these two records will be surpassed by Messi in 2021. Before that, the two milestones that he was willing to set as a monopoly on the record for La Liga top scorer (Pichichi) while having 6 like Telmo Zarra and the most goalscorer for a club

Messi now has 628 goals, meaning only need 15 more to overcome Pele (643) with Santos in Brazil. After nearly 5 decades, La Pulga became the player who came very close to changing the owner of this admirable achievement.

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Clattenburg referee revealed the secret about Ronaldo and Messi

Reputable referee Mark Clattenburg revealed secrets about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in an interview with Mail Sports yesterday.

Mark Clattenburg is considered one of the best referees of his generation. Clattenburg has led many important European and world football matches such as the 2012 Olympic finals, the 2014 European Super Cup finals, the 2015/16 European Cup final, or the Euro 2016 final.

Recently, Mr. Clattenburg shared with Mail Sports about the 5 players who left the deepest impression in his career. Specific lists are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Vincent Kompany and Gary Speed. In particular, Clattenburg especially praised Ronaldo and Messi.

“What I admire most about Ronaldo is his ability to pull the whole team up when they are down. When I first met Ronaldo on the pitch when he was a young player in the Premier League and then at Real Madrid, he always knew how to shine. At that time, I knew that I was standing on the field with a really special player who could change the game immediately.

“I was very disappointed when he got injured early in the final (Euro 2016) because the game lost a great player. But I have never treated Ronaldo more specifically than the other players and I think that’s why we have a good relationship.

Trọng tài Clattenburg tiết lộ bí mật về Ronaldo và Messi

Ronaldo donated his signed shirt to referee Clattenburg after the Euro 2016 final, although the British “black king” did not ask.

For Messi, the referee Clattenburg was really impressed with the way the Barca striker handled the ball.

“I was very confused when I first stood with Messi on the field, it was Barca vs PSG. At the time, I thought, ‘My God, this is unbelievable”.

When you are an referee, you have a habit of watching the ball move anywhere, anytime. But with Messi, you can lose sight of the ball. So imagine what the defenders look like in the face of Messi.

“I warned Messi in the first match against PSG when he fouled an opponent, but Messi never complained or said anything. He usually never gets into a fight. But as an referee, you want to stand on the pitch with Messi because you know it can be a special match”.

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What brands does Messi receive sponsorship from in his career?

Leo Messi is one of the most attractive sports characters for all brands. He is receiving sponsorship from many world famous brands.

Any sports brand wants Messi’s image, simply because the Argentine star is synonymous with success.

If there’s one sponsor who marks Messi’s career, it’s Adidas. The German brand and Barca striker have been together since 14 years ago (2006).

At that time, Messi just started to emerge in the world of football. It was not until February 2017 that this relationship was further strengthened with both parties signing a lifetime contract until the player born in 1987 plays.

Although contract numbers have not been announced yet, Messi is clearly guaranteed a lot of money thanks to his last signing with Adidas.

When Messi uses Adidas gear, the competition with Cristiano Ronaldo also becomes strained when the Juventus striker is the flagship of rival Nike.

Paradoxically, Messi is playing for Barcelona sponsored by Nike, while Cristiano Ronaldo also used to wear Real Madrid sponsored by Adidas. 

Obviously, Adidas is not the only company that pays Messi to promote. According to the latest announcement from Forbes magazine, the owner of 6 Golden Balls has an agreement with 13 different sponsors.

For example, Huawei is one of the sponsors who contribute the most annually to Messi. The Argentinian striker struck an agreement with the Chinese brand in 2016, while Mengnui Group, a company specializing in dairy products, also sponsored him.

In 2013, Messi became an ambassador for Ooredoo, a multinational company specializing in telecommunications. In the Middle East, he is the global ambassador of the 2016 Dubai Expo2020.

Messi is also the image of the video game brand Konami. In fact, the Argentine star appeared on the cover of eFootball PES 2020.

In early 2018, Messi’s ad for Mastercard filmed for the first time. As for Jacob & Co, a jewelry and wristwatch company, the two sides reached an agreement in early 2019.

Finally, Messi had a deal with Cirque du Soleil and sunglasses brand Hawkers.