Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Barcelona in Lionel Messi limbo as new contract remains unsigned

Barcelona in Lionel Messi limbo as new contract remains unsigned

But the sporting manager insisted the La Liga giants will make every effort in the current market to make the Argentina worldwide happy again following the humiliating defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

A club statement read: "FC Barcelona wants to express its profound sorrow and utter disgust at the terrorist attack that has hit the heart of our city, la Rambla de Barcelona".

The club said Messi would sign the contract when he returned for pre-season training but no further announcement has been forthcoming.

Barcelona announced last month Messi had agreed to a new deal to keep him at Camp Nou until 2021.

But club bigwig Jordi Mestre has revealed he hasn't actually signed it yet.

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The Smith controversy has also intruded into the All Blacks' match preparation. New Zealand Rugby has opened a fresh inquiry to consider the new evidence.

Brazil global Neymar, who recently left the Catalan club to join Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record transfer, tweeted: "May God comfort all families #PrayForBarcelona I love you BARCELONA".

The Real Madrid and Barcelona stars head the shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year. But I think that things are extremely clear.

As the tragic news of the deadly attack broke in Spain, Barcelona's Lionel Messi led the sports world in sending well wishes and calling for an end to terrorist attacks.

Carli Lloyd, the US World Cup victor and two-time Olympic champion, was the inaugural victor and again makes the list of 10 in contention to be FIFA's Best Women's Player.

'We try to improve the team regardless of the result of the Super Cup match against Real Madrid. "When things do not go as you want, and you also have bad luck as it happened in the two games against Real Madrid, these things happens".

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