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Messi slams Barça official over contract comments

Argentinean star says club’s vice president Javier Faus knews “nothing about soccer”

Messi, pictured during a Barcelona game.
Messi, pictured during a Barcelona game.David Ramos (GETTY)

Barcelona forward Leo Messi has hit out at Javier Faus over comments the club vice president made questioning the need to improve the Argentinean star’s contract.

In unusually strong language for the mild-mannered 26-year-old, Messi told Catalan radio broadcaster RAC1 that Faus knew “nothing about soccer” and denied demanding improved terms to the deal he signed in February that ties him to the Spanish champions until June 2018.

Faus, who oversees economic affairs at Barça, told RAC1 this month he did not understand why Messi would need a better contract given that he had only recently agreed a new one.

“Mr Faus is a person who knows nothing about soccer and he wants to run Barcelona as if it were a company and it is not,” Messi said from Buenos Aires, where he is continuing his recovery from a hamstring injury.

“Barcelona is one of the biggest clubs in the world and deserves to be represented by the best managers as well,” he added. “And apart from that, I remind you that neither I nor anyone in my circle has ever asked for either an increase (in salary) or a contract renewal. And (Faus) knows that very well.”

The spat between Messi and Faus is unlikely to have any lasting repercussions, particularly as the player has denied wanting more money. Club president Sandro Rosell sought to calm the waters on Thursday, telling reporters he had not discussed an improved contract with Messi.

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