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Bartomeu makes Messi contract upgrade early Barcelona priority

Barcelona have opened talks with Lionel Messi about upgrading his contract to make him the best paid in the world.

TV3 says Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has begun talks with Jorge Messi, Lionel's father and agent.

Bartomeu is eager to get a deal done after the controversial remarks questioning a possible new contract made by the club's financial vice-president, Javier Faus.

Bartomeu hopes to draw a line under the controversy by quickly upgrading the Argentine's deal.

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