Messi receives a very special pair of boots

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Messi was rewarded with EA Sports' rating system for his incredible display on the field and raced ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the rating cards.

"In a given moment you could mark Messi to make him uncomfortable, but what do we do with the rest of them?"

It is alleged that Real, who are believed to have made three other attempts to sign Messi during his lifetime, wanted to conduct a meeting on a private jet, in the air.

Der Spiegel has revealed that before signing Gareth Bale, Real Madrid contacted Messi's entourage to offer to pay his €250m release clause, plus a €23m salary until 2021, and that the club was committed to pressure Spain's Prime Minister to make Messi's tax problems go away.

And he's helped them win eight La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies.

According to Football Leaks (per mediapart), which has risen to prominence in recent years having leaked contract information of many top players, Messi is actually paid €100 million each year from Barcelona.

But it turns out that the figures reported by the media may be inaccurate.

There's also a Real flavour to the defence.

After Messi helped Barcelona defeat Real Madrid 3-0 in the El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Argentine superstar received a Team of the Week (TOTW) card that was rated better than Ronaldo.

Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic also scored for the LaLiga giants, who moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-1 aggregate success. The response was rapid and clear: "'Thanks for the interest, but Leo isn't moving'".

Barcelona talisman Leo Messi along with his fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped to lead the team with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne forming a bolstering midfield.

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