- Lionel Messi's full statue has been unveiled in Barcelona's wax museum
- This might be one of the plots to keep the 33-year-old beyond next summer
- Messi's current deal with the Catalans expires at the end of this season
Barcelona has commenced the process of immortalising their captain Lionel Messi after unveiling his statue at the club's wax museum.
The 33-year-old has spent his entire senior career at the Nou Camp and could walk out of the team at the end of this season.
As it stands, it is unsure where the future of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner lies with Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain, and a few other clubs showing interest in him.
However, the Catalans are doing all they can to make him stay beyond next summer when his current deal expires.
As part of the plans to see him remain at the Spanish club, one of their presidential candidates has promised to name the iconic Camp Nou after Messi if he is elected president.
While they vow to bring quality players to the club in a bid to remain competitive across Europa having gone without winning anything last season.
They lost the league to rivals Real Madrid while they were humiliated by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
And this got the Argentine really angry and plotted to leave them in August but everything appears normal as the club hopes he will sign a new deal in January.
In other football news, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Stephanie Frappart was the first female referee to ever be in charge of a Champions League game. The match between Juventus and Dynamo Kyiv made her the first woman to blow the whistle in a men's UCL event.
The game which was played at the Turin stadium saw the Old Lady scoring three goals against their opponents in which Cristiano Ronaldo was also among the goal scorers.
The Super Cup final, which was played between two Premier League giants Liverpool and Chelsea, had referee Frappart in the centre of the pitch.
Liverpool won the Champions League last two seasons beating Spurs in the final, while Chelsea defeated Arsenal in the Europa League final. Last year, Frappart was also the one who officiated the women's World Cup final between Holland and France.
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