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08 December 2017, 01:46 | Colleen Roy
Lionel Messi signed a new Barcelona deal last month
"I have a family and my children come first, and then me".
But Messi had no interest in moving and last month signed a new contract worth £500,000-a-week, keeping him at the Nou Camp until 2021. I want them to grow up in a calm place, being able to enjoy life with security. But Manchester City knew that they have to act swiftly if they had any chance of luring the 30-year old Barcelona star to the Etihad Stadium.
However, the Argentine attacker has voiced his concern over the state of affairs in his country which may cast doubt over any potential return.
Messi will lead the Argentina national side at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation next summer with the Albiceleste looking to go one better than they did in 2014 when they lost in the final to Germany.
Messi is now the second highest paid player in the world, earning R8.7 million a week.
"We went through a tough spell. Right now we're not far off, but there are better sides than us such as Brazil, Germany, France and Spain".
Barcelona's forward, Lionel Messi, rejected an offer to become the world's highest-paid player, from Manchester City and preferred a new contract with Barca. We spoke about it through messages, it was a good thing that he had this period of absence. "People want results and, if they don't get results, they want new faces".
'If we do badly at the World Cup, we all have to disappear from the national team. "It hurts not to be a champion".
Messi's side will kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16, before facing Croatia and Nigeria in their other group stage fixtures.
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