- Lionel Messi edges closer to rejoining Barcelona on a long term deal after agreeing to personal terms with them
- The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is said to have agreed to have his wages reduced before he could sign the new contract
- Sources reveal the Argentine will extend his reign at the Spanish League side for another five years
Barcelona can now heave a sigh of relief after Lionel Messi appears to have agreed to take a pay cut before re-joining them on a five-year deal this summer.
The Copa America champion has been without a club since his contract with the Catalans expired in June with some top European outfits already hoping they can sign him for free.
However, the Camp Nou outfit is not leaving anything to chance just to hold on to their legend who has won them a number of silverware since he broke into the first team in 2005.
One of Joan Laporta's projects, when he was re-elected as the president of the club earlier this year, was to talk the Argentine out of leaving at the end of his contract.
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And the 59-year-old seems to be doing well with the assignment with Messi edging closer to a new deal with the La Liga side.
Some clauses in Lionel Messi's new contract
Sources close to the Catalans reveal that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has agreed to halve his former wages in order to stay at the Camp Nou according to Sport Bible.
Also, Spanish outlet SPORT reports that the 34-year-old is expected to pen a five-year deal after agreeing to cut down massively on his earnings.
Meanwhile, the fans might have to wait till the end of July before the announcement of the new deal - this will give both parties room to sort out every other detail enshrined in the new contract.
This will however come as a huge relief to Ronald Koeman who is hoping to have the Argentine in his team next season.
Novak Djokovic declared himself the GOAT of tennis after winning Wimbledon
In other international sports news, Briefly News earlier reported that Novak Djokovic recently clinched his 20th grand slam title after beating Matteo Berrettini to win his sixth Wimbledon title.
The argument of who the "Greatest of all Time" (GOAT) in tennis is has been a long debate, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer also have the honour of winning 20 grand slams.
With Federer approaching 40 and Nadal, 35, having lost his grip on Roland Garros this year after losing to Djokovic, the Serb is bound to move forward. He is in the position to surpass both of them with stunning form in tennis recently.
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