Suarez backs Messi

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

BARCELONA. - Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has hit back at com­ments by the club’s CEO that the Cata­lan gi­ants won’t “go crazy” when ne­go­ti­at­ing a new con­tract for five­time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.

Barca CEO Os­car Grau said on Wed­nes­day that a new deal for Messi, who has 18 months left on his cur­rent deal, was be­ing ne­go­ti­ated with “com­mon sense and dis­cre­tion.”

“With Messi what you have to do is give him a new con­tract, not have com­mon sense,” said Suarez af­ter net­ting his 100th Barca goal in just 120 ap­pear­ances as they pro­gressed to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 win over Ath­letic Bil­bao.

De­spite post­ing a record turnover of 679 mil­lion eu­ros ($719 mil­lion) last sea­son, a se­ries of ex­pen­sive new con­tracts for the likes of Ney­mar and Suarez mean Barcelona are close to over­step­ping the 70 per­cent limit of turnover spent on salaries im­posed by UEFA’s fi­nan­cial fair-play laws.

Barca cap­tain An­dres Ini­esta also has just 18 months left to run on his con­tract.

On the field, Messi proved the match-win­ner once again on Wed­nes­day as he scored from a free-kick for the third time in as many games this year 11 min­utes from time to edge out Bil­bao 4-3 on ag­gre­gate.

“I don’t know what the CEO said, but tell me one game in which Leo Messi hasn’t been de­ci­sive,” said Barca coach Luis En­rique.

“I don’t know about num­bers, I know about foot­ball. - AFP.

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