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Sources: Messi's Barcelona exit clause expires


Messi's Barcelona exit clause expires, set for extended stay - sources

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The clause allowing Lionel Messi to walk away from Barcelona for free this summer expired over the weekend, sources at the club confirmed to ESPN, meaning he will remain at Camp Nou for at least another 12 months.

Messi, 32, signed terms that run until the end of the 2020-21 campaign in 2017. At the time, a clause was included that he could leave for nothing in summer 2020 as long as he communicated his decision to Barca before June.

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Messi can replicate Jordan's 'Last Dance' success at 2022 World Cup - Milan's Biglia

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AC Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia has said he hopes Lionel Messi can replicate Michael Jordan's "Last Dance" by leading Argentina to success in the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Messi and Biglia were teammates for Argentina for over 11 years until the Milan midfielder called time on his international career after his side's 2018 World Cup elimination at the hands of eventual champions France.

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Gonzalo Higuain's advice for Lautaro Martinez, his heir apparent

Gab Marcotti examines Barcelona's pursuit of Inter striker Lautaro Martinez amid transfer market uncertainty.
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With 25 goals from 65 games, Lautaro Martinez has already proved a sound investment for Inter Milan, who stand to make a substantial profit on the Argentine striker if they chose to sell him on, with Barcelona very keen on bringing him across the Pyrenees.

Whether he moves or not, the 22-year-old striker seems set for a brilliant future. He is a footballing hammerhead shark, a cold-eyed predator with menace in his every move. And if his immediate club future is in doubt, there seems little question...

Lautaro Martinez transfer to Barcelona backed by Argentina coach

Gab Marcotti examines Barcelona's pursuit of Inter striker Lautaro Martinez amid transfer market uncertainty.
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Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni would like to see Lautaro Martinez playing alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona next season but believes Inter Milan will make it difficult for their star forward to leave.

Barcelona coach Quique Setien said his club is always interested in great players and Martinez is one of them.

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Remembering young Maradona's sparking debut in England 40 years later

Alessandro Del Piero explains why Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona shouldn't be measured against each other.
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It is exactly 40 years since Diego Maradona announced himself to an English audience -- and delivered them a warning of how he would make them suffer six years later in a World Cup quarterfinal.

There was plenty of hype around Maradona when he came to Wembley Stadium with Argentina to play a friendly against England on May 13, 1980. He had been a controversial omission from the World Cup-winning squad two years earlier, still considered too young by coach Cesar Luis Menotti. He had shone in the...