Messi slams the Barça of­fi­cial who ‘knows noth­ing about foot­ball’

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BARCELONA su­per­star Lionel Messi has hit out at the club’s vice-pres­i­dent Javier Faus over com­ments he made ques­tion­ing the need to im­prove the World Player of the Year’s con­tract.

In un­usu­ally strong lan­guage for the mild-man­nered 26-year-old, Messi said Faus knew “noth­ing about foot­ball” 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, said ear­lier he did not un­der­stand why the Ar­gen­tine striker would need a bet­ter con­tract, given that he had only re­cently signed a new one.

“Mr Faus is a per­son who knows noth­ing about foot­ball and he wants to run Barcelona as if it were a com­pany and it is not,” Messi said from Buenos Aires, where he is re­cov­er­ing 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 he (Faus) knows that very well.”

Messi’s wages are the high­est of any soc­cer player, at up to $21.2 mil­lion a year. – Reuters

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