Barcelona president Laporta defends Messi's new contract

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has defended the bumper new contract of Lionel Messi.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has defended the bumper new contract of Lionel Messi.

Despite his youth, Messi is now Barca's best paid player - with speculation suggesting his contract is worth £160,000-a-week.

Laporta said: "We have made the contract the player deserves. He has it until 2014, he is a great player, the best in the world and has a salary commensurate with his status."

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