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Lionel Messi recently signed a new contract for FC Barcelona keeping him at Camp Nou until 2016. The young fearless playmaker will reach his 29th birthday by the time the contract expires. Barca also raised his release clause from 150 million euros to 250 million euros: a hefty pay that most clubs won't touch. The teams who have the money will have to fight to the death with the club and its fans. As a diehard Barca fan I love what this club is doing. Obviously Messi is the best player in the world. The guy creates, scores, defends, does it all with a humble attitude and a shy smile on his face. His dedication to Barca is seen everywhere in the Catalan region of Spain. Thank you Barca for bringing in young talent, molding them into passionate and smart players and KEEPING them. The amount of youthful talent on this team is enormous. They play like a team who has been together for years, Messi knows it and so do his other dynamically creative teammates. Spanish players like Xavi, Inesta, Puyol, Pique, Valdes, Basquets, Bojan, and Pedro have found their home for life. There is no reason for any of these players to leave the giants of La Liga. It really is a beautiful game and these boys show it.