The Argentine superstar's mega-money deal with the Catalan giants was made public by a Madrid newspaper over the weekend, with Barcelona confirming the veracity of the information and threatening legal action. However, more details were brought to light via the Madrid daily on Monday, despite the declaration from the Catalan giants. Los Cules have duly threatened to take "appropriate legal action", having confirmed the veracity of the document in question. They stated: "FC Barcelona categorically denies any responsibility for the publication of this document. They added: "FC Barcelona expresses its absolute support for Lionel Messi, especially in the face of any attempt to discredit his image, and to damage his relationship with the entity where he has worked to become the best player in the world and in football history.
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Gerard Pique is becoming just as well known for his off-pitch life as for his performances on the field. The Barcelona superstar has won pretty much everything there is win in football, including four Champions League titles and the World Cup. And many would say the year-old is winning off the pitch too, in a long-term relationship with global singing sensation Shakira. They have two children together, Milan and Sasha, while also sharing the same February 2 birthday, albeit ten years apart with Shakira the older. Pique also has business interests being founder and president of sports and media investment group Kosmos Holding.
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It is still anybody's guess whether or not the Argentinean superstar will be a Barcelona player next season with just over four months remaining of his current contract. Lionel Messi is reportedly still very much open to the idea of staying at Barcelona as a final decision over his future draws ever closer. There has been a huge amount of speculation regarding the six-time Ballon d'Or winner ever since he stunned the footballing world by demanding a transfer last summer.
Search Search. Menu Sections. Lionel Messi celebrated his Barcelona appearance record with a brace against Real Sociedad on Sunday. Lionel Messi: Barcelona goal record.