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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu clears speculations about Lionel Messi, says he's 'indispensable' to club

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu clears speculations about Lionel Messi, says he's 'indispensable' to club

Club's CEO Oscar Grau had also generated intrigue about Messi`s future by declaring Barca needed to use "common sense" when discussing a new contract.

La Liga: Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi score as Barcelona thrash Las Palmas 5-0

La Liga: Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi score as Barcelona thrash Las Palmas 5-0

Barca boss Luis Enrique surprisingly left out a number of star names with Neymar and Andres Iniesta on the bench.

Barcelona sack director Pere Gratacos over controversial comments on Lionel Messi

Barcelona sack director Pere Gratacos over controversial comments on Lionel Messi

Barcelona`s response demonstrates the current sensitivity surrounding Messi as club is hoping to tie the 29-year-old to a long-term contract.

FIFA Ranking: Lionel Messi's Argentina remain top; India gain 6 places

FIFA Ranking: Lionel Messi's Argentina remain top; India gain 6 places

India (129) and Maldives (145) also gained substantial jumps in the list, with 6 and 9 respectively.

Luis Suarez insists Lionel Messi must be handed new contract for Barcelona

Luis Suarez insists Lionel Messi must be handed new contract for Barcelona

Messi proved the match-winner once again as he scored from a free-kick for the third time, 11 minutes from time to edge out Bilbao.

Copa del Rey: Lionel Messi free-kick magic sends Barcelona into quarter-finals; helps beat  Athletic Bilbao 3-1

Copa del Rey: Lionel Messi free-kick magic sends Barcelona into quarter-finals; helps beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1

Luis Suarez became the third-fastest player to score 100 goals for Barcelona after reaching his century in just 120 games.

Ten years after turning his back on Real Madrid, David Beckham all set to turn an owner

Ten years after turning his back on Real Madrid, David Beckham all set to turn an owner

Beckham`s emergence as the potential owner of a Miami-based MLS franchise dogged by setbacks has been muted compared to his rock star arrival in Los Angeles in 2007.

Copa del Rey: Atletico Madrid cruise into quarter-finals despite losing 3-2 against Las Palmas

Copa del Rey: Atletico Madrid cruise into quarter-finals despite losing 3-2 against Las Palmas

Atletico Madrid secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey 4-3 on aggregate.

Lionel Messi statue vandalised in Argentina, confirms Buenos Aires government

Lionel Messi statue vandalised in Argentina, confirms Buenos Aires government

The monument is far from the first to be targeted in the area with that of former US Open champion Gabriela Sabatini stripped of its racquet not long ago.

Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to be named first ever FIFA Men's Player of the Year

Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to be named first ever FIFA Men's Player of the Year

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was named the Manager of the Year for his incredibly leading the team to the 2015-16 English Premier League title.

La Liga: Despite Lionel Messi's last minute free-kick, Barcelona lose ground on Real Madrid

La Liga: Despite Lionel Messi's last minute free-kick, Barcelona lose ground on Real Madrid

Messi finally broke Villarreal`s resistence as he was fouled on the edge of the area and stepped up to arrow a free-kick perfectly into the top corner.

Cristiano Ronaldo emerges as heavy favourite to win 2016 FIFA Best Player award

Cristiano Ronaldo emerges as heavy favourite to win 2016 FIFA Best Player award

Besides Ronaldo and Messi, French and Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann also shortlisted in the Best FIFA Men's Player Award category.

Copa del Rey: Nine-man Athletic Bilbao stun Barcelona by 2-1 in last-16

Copa del Rey: Nine-man Athletic Bilbao stun Barcelona by 2-1 in last-16

Two goals in three first-half minutes from Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams put the hosts in command.

UEFA announces 2016 Team of the Year; Messi, Ronaldo, Griezmann lead attack

UEFA announces 2016 Team of the Year; Messi, Ronaldo, Griezmann lead attack

The team is selected by fans, through an online poll on UEFA's website.

Inspirational Cristiano Ronaldo giving Lionel Messi a run for his money, says Virat Kohli

Inspirational Cristiano Ronaldo giving Lionel Messi a run for his money, says Virat Kohli

Kohli held special praise for Ronaldo's work ethic, which is something that the Indian batsman wants to emulate.

Crazy wage: Carlos Tevez earns more than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

Crazy wage: Carlos Tevez earns more than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

Carlos Tevez, whose move to Shanghai Shenhua was confirmed early on Thursday, has reportedly become the biggest-earning footballer in the world. 

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain calls Brazilian Ronado as the best striker of all time

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain calls Brazilian Ronado as the best striker of all time

The Argentine star said that, in general, he liked a player who made him have more fun than others who just score goals.

'Won't die if I fail to win Ballon d'Or,'' says Barcelona forward Neymar

'Won't die if I fail to win Ballon d'Or,'' says Barcelona forward Neymar

Neymar was a Ballon d`Or finalist for the first time last year, eventually missing out to teammate Lionel Messi, who claimed the prize for a fifth time.

Pep Guardiola continues to favor Lionel Messi, says Cristiano Ronaldo still not yet on the Argentine's level

Pep Guardiola continues to favor Lionel Messi, says Cristiano Ronaldo still not yet on the Argentine's level

After Ronaldo was crowned the winner of prestigious Ballon d'Or, Zinedine Zidane labeled him as the best player there ever has been in football.

Starless Barcelona hammer Hercules 7-0 in Copa del Rey, ease into last 16

Starless Barcelona hammer Hercules 7-0 in Copa del Rey, ease into last 16

Luis Enrique rested his formidable front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in the clash