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Sports News
Lionel Messi new contract: Barcelona and star reach agreement on five-year deal
 
Lionel Messi will continue to be a Barcelona player after reaching an agreement with the club on a new five-year deal. CBS soccer insider Fabrizio Romano initially reported that the deal between the two sides was agreed weeks ago with only details remaining to be ironed out before it was made official.

The Argentina international just won the Copa America with his country and is currently on holiday before the 2021-22 season gets underway with Barca with him expected to put pen to paper on the agreement later this month.

Messi, 34, saw his contract expire at the end of last month with the Catalan giants' poor financial health a major obstacle in getting the deal signed and ratified. The new deal will include him taking a significant salary cut as a result.

Barca's financial problems are such that new signings Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia have not yet been registered to play due to La Liga's strict salary cap rules which dictate that big earners must be sold in order for new arrivals to be eligible to play competitively.

The road to Messi's contract has been a long one. Details of the eye popping numbers of his previous contract were leaked amid his bid last year to leave the only professional club he's ever played for.

Last summer the superstar attempted to activate a clause which would have allowed him to become a free agent, only for Barcelona to threaten to oppose the legality of the move in court. Ultimately, Messi relented and returned for the final year of his deal which expired a couple of weeks ago.

Although teams like Manchester City and PSG had aggressively courted the star when it seemed like he might try and force his way out, it became clear in recent weeks that it was only a matter of time before Messi re-signed with his current club.


Dutee finishes last in her 200m heat race, fails to qualify for semifinals at Olympics
India beat South Africa 4-3 to keep QF hopes alive in Olympic women's hockey
World No.1 Panghal's Olympic campaign ends with shocking loss to Colombian Martinez
Das knocks out Olympic champion in Tokyo, joins wife Deepika in last-16
True legend of Indian badminton: tributes pour in after legendary Nandu Natekar dies
Tendulkar helps farmer's daughter to pursue dream of becoming doctor
'Sense of duty': Osaka was inspired by Olympic flame honor
Naomi Osaka wins in debut at Tokyo Olympics
Tokyo Games: India's lone gymnast Pranati Nayak fails to qualify for All Round finals
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Bangladesh wins 2nd ODI vs. Zimbabwe to take series
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Olympics: First batch of Indian contingent arrives in Tokyo
First resident of Olympic Village tests positive for COVID
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Rishabh Pant tests positive for COVID-19 in UK, BCCI secretary Shah urges caution
KERALA NEWS
HC rejects plea to reassess minority status of Christians, Muslims in Kerala
 Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday said merely because there are a few rich people among the m  
COVID-19: Over 4.5L vaccinations on Saturday, more than 16 lakh jabs this week in Kerala
Curbs tightened in Kerala following increase in COVID TPR
UDF walks out of Kerala Assembly over allegations against Forest Minister
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Pakistan reports spike in new COVID-19 cases
 Islamabad, Aug 1 (PTI) Pakistan reported 5,026 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, its highest daily-ca
Mexico's referendum on trying ex-presidents falls short
Berlin protesters decry coronavirus measures; 600 detained
Researchers Develop Variants Of More Potent, Stable Nanobodies To Fight SARS-CoV-2
NATIONAL NEWS
Pegasus issue: SC to hear on Aug 5 pleas seeking probe into snooping allegations
 New Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI) The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on August 5 the pleas, including the o
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48% parents not willing to send their kids to schools till they get Covid vaccines: Survey
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