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Published May 8, 2014
MESSI CONTRACT EXTENSION: A Barcelona source said that LIONEL MESSI "will sign an improvement to his contract with Barcelona next week that will see him earn" €20M-€22M ($28M-$31M) annually in gross salary. With this "substantial contract improvement," Messi will become "the best-paid footballer in the world." In addition to his gross salary, "the contract will also have incentive bonuses" which could increase his pay to €30M ($42M) per year. The "contract improvement will keep Messi in Barcelona through June '18, and Messi has also agreed to share part of his image rights with the club" (EFE, 5/7). ... Former EPL side Fulham Owner MOHAMED AL-FAYED has accused successor SHAHID KHAN "of failing to invest in the team to stave off relegation" from the Premier League. Al-Fayed: "Now he has [Khan] had his lesson. To bring the club up, he has to pay a lot of money to bring in top players and top managers. The guy is very rich. Financially, he can do that. I hope he’s waking up and I’m waiting for him to maybe give me a call and I’ll try to give him some advice" (LONDON TIMES, 5/7).