BarcelonapresidentJosepMariaBartomeuindicatedtheSpanishchampionsarepreparedtomakeLionelMessitheworldshighest-paidplayertokeeptheArgentinesuperstarattheclub。

LeoMessiisthebest(player)inthehistoryoffootballandwewanthimtostaywithus,BartomeusaidonTuesday。

TherewillbenegotiationsbutevenifIdontwanttotalkaboutfigures,ifhesthebestplayerintheworlditmakessensethatheissofromallpointsofview。

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AfterextendingthecontractsofNeymarandLuisSuarezuntil2021,Barcaaredesperatetokeepholdofthefive-timeWorldPlayeroftheYear,whosedealexpiresin2018。

HesathomehereIbelieveLeoisfullyconvincedhesinthebestplacehecanbe,saidBartomeu。

ItsbeenatumultuousyearforMessioffthepitchthough,withhimandhisfathersentencedto21monthsinjailfortaxfraud。

Thepairhaveappealedtheruling,althoughtheprisonsentencesarelikelytobesuspendedasiscommoninSpainforfirstoffencesfornon-violentcrimescarryingasentenceoflessthantwoyears。

Idontbelievethesetaxaffairswillhaveaninfluence(onacontractextension)becauseLeoknows,Iknowandweallknowhehasntdoneanythingwrong,addedBartomeu。

TheBarcapresidentalsoexpressedhisdesiretoseethe29-year-oldfinishhiscareerattheCampNou。

Itwouldbeastorytotellfuturegenerations,saidBartomeu。

Wehadthebestplayerintheworldandheplayedhereallhislife。

HeconfirmedBarcawerekeenaswelltoextendthecontractsofcaptainAndresIniesta,CroatiamidfielderIvanRakiticandgoalkeeperMarc-AndreterStegeninadditiontocoachLuisEnrique。

TowardsAprilwellspeakaboutthecoach。