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Lance Knight2010-05-08 14:52:54 +0000 #1
Barcelona's Messi matching Beckham, Ronaldinho global appeal

October 10, 2006

Barcelona whiz Lionel Messi is emerging as a global brand to challenge teammate Ronaldinho and Real Madrid star David Beckham.

McDonalds, X-Box, Mastercard, Adidas, Garbarino, Pepsi and Gatorade are just some of the big, global companies to have signed endorsement deals with the teenager - mainly to promote their products in Argentina.

However, Messi's father, Jorge, is also sifting through lucrative offers from Japan, where Lionel's profile is continuing to sky-rocket thanks to Barcelona's popularity in the Far East.
Lance Knight2010-05-08 15:06:38 +0000 #2
Barcelona ready to hand Messi pay-hike

October 11, 2006

Barcelona are set to sit down with Leo Messi to discuss a new contract agreement.

Messi's current deal expires in 2014, but his sudden rise over the last 12 months has convinced Barca president Joan Laporta to assure his Dad and agent, Jorge, that they're prepared to hand the teenager a bumper pay-hike.

Messi's new deal will still run to 2014, but his wages will jump to being just below the highest paid players on Barca's books - Ronaldinho, Sam Eto'o and Deco.
emode2010-05-08 15:08:12 +0000 #3
Messi is still young it will take more years for him to be as popular as Beckham or Ronaldinho esp to have that global appeal as both players have or currently enjoying!!
Pape2010-05-08 15:03:19 +0000 #4
Messi is already God in my books.
Pape2010-05-08 16:08:30 +0000 #5
Messi out as Barça injuries mount

Monday, 13 November 2006

FC Barcelona could be without Lionel Messi for "around three months" after the Argentinian international forward suffered a foot injury during Sunday's 3-1 Primera División win against Real Zaragoza.

Broken foot

The 19-year-old limped off in the first half and the European champions confirmed today that he has broken the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. "He will need surgery and the estimated lay-off is around three months," Barcelona stated. Messi, who has made nine league and three UEFA Champions League appearances this term, will therefore miss the Catalan club's remaining Group A games against PFC Levski Sofia and Werder Bremen. The first leg of any first knockout round tie, scheduled for 20 February, may also come too soon for Messi.

Saviola setback

Another Argentina forward, 24-year-old Javier Saviola, injured his left thigh after scoring Barcelona's third goal against Zaragoza and will be absent for six weeks. Brazilian international midfielder Edmílson, meanwhile, twisted an ankle in the match, sidelining the 30-year-old for around ten days. Right-back Juliano Belletti (right calf), striker Samuel Eto'o (knee surgery) and midfielder Xavi Hernández (fractured tibia) are also out of coach Frank Rijkaard's plans.

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We will pray for a fast recovery, but we also won't rush a come back!
Sema2010-05-08 15:35:12 +0000 #6
Hmm, a lot of injuries, . Hope they all recover fast.
Calif2010-05-08 15:22:14 +0000 #7
I hope we see Giovanni Dos Santos soon with this team due to this many Injuries!!!
dannymex2010-05-08 15:29:05 +0000 #8
i feel bad for messi, he is soo young and is already having serious injuries.

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