Messi forgoes opportunity to be the world's highest paid player

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Messi himself has scored 13 goals in his 14 league appearances under manager Ernesto Valverde this season.

"I've said many times that my dream is to play at Newell's but I don't know what will happen, and a part of that doubt is due to the way the country is at the moment", he told TyC Sports. I want them to grow up in a calm place, being able to enjoy life with security. They could have formally approached him in the new year, had he not signed the contract extension, with his previous deal expiring in the summer of 2018.

People get exhausted and want to see new faces and new things in the National Team.

"But it's true that we need to improve if we want to be world champions".

Messi is now the second highest paid player in the world, earning R8.7 million a week. "Right now we're not far off, but there are better sides than us such as Brazil, Germany, France and Spain".

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LIONEL MESSI has dropped a huge hint he will retire from worldwide football if Argentina flop at the World Cup.

Messi also spoke about Nigeria's star, John Obi Mikel, who voted for him to win The Best Fifa Men's Player 2017, an award that finally went to Real Madrid and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

"If he wanted to leave then he wouldn't have signed that new contract".

Argentina, who have not won a major global trophy since lifting the Copa America in 1993, were last week drawn in Group D for next year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation, alongside Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland. "It hurts not to be a champion".

Argentina were placed in Group D at last week's World Cup draw, alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.