Lionel Messi in Line for New Barcelona Contract as Javier Faus Declares Peace

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2014

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The controversy recently shrouding Lionel Messi's time at Barcelona could become water under the bridge after it emerged that the forward is set to be offered a new contract at the Camp Nou.

That's according to ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan, who says that any feud Messi had with the club's economic vice president Javier Faus is now "settled."

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Corrgian quotes Faus as saying this week:

It is something which is happily resolved now, as Leo has said on a number of occasions. There was no bad intent meant from me, or from Leo.

[Messi] is the best in the world and he has been that for the last five years, whatever the awards say. He will continue playing for Barca. I would second the president’s words -- he is the best player in the world and he deserves the best economic treatment.

Faus is one of the club's senior board members when it comes to deciding how Barcelona should spend their money, so his word would seem like a trustworthy one in regards to offering Messi optimum "economic treatment."

The row in question dates back to December, when Faus stated that he didn't see why Barca had to offer their talisman new terms just because Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar were alleged to be on superior wages, per Corrigan.

This sparked a wave of rumours in Catalan country and led Messi to state that Faus "knows nothing about football," via a separate report from Corrigan. At the time, it was an abnormal sign that things were slightly disjointed at the Spanish giants, Barca normally giving off a completely unified aura from their hierarchy to the playing staff.

It would seem that the reigning La Liga champions have seen some error in their ways over the last month, though, and now they want to tie Messi down with improved terms.

Messi made his senior debut for Barcelona in 2004, and the club's official Twitter account is celebrating their star's achievements since then ahead of his 400th appearance for the team:

As things stand, the forward already has four-and-a-half years remaining on his current contract, but it seems that Barcelona are nevertheless eager to agree another deal.

Corrigan states that Messi is currently on a basic wage of €11 million per year but that any new contract would see him pushed above both Ronaldo and Neymar, making him the best-paid player in the world.

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It was only last week that the Argentinian saw his record of four consecutive Ballon d'Or triumphs come to its end, with Ronaldo winning the 2013 award.

However, an injury-hit year stunted Messi's impact, which La Blaugrana seem to have taken into account.

The 26-year-old is already set to reach the other side of 30 as a Barcelona player, and a new deal in Catalan country would push the South American that much closer to committing his services to the outfit for the remainder of his prime years.