Messi to become world's highest earner - reports

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Barcelona megastar Lionel Messi will become the highest paid player in world football by agreeing a deal to extend his stay at the Camp Nou.

Messi has been linked with a move away from the La Liga outfit in recent months - with Manchester City said to be preparing a bid for the 26-year-old.

The Argentina international's father discussed terms with Barcelona's top brass last week over the possibility of Messi signing a £15.5million contract, according to the Daily Mail.

Messi's new deal will see him usurp Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as football's highest earner.

Ronaldo, who signed a new five-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu, earns £15million a year.

Messi's current buy-out clause of £200million will remain in his contract extension in order to ward off interest from the likes of Manchester City and Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

The four-time world player of the year will be hoping he can steer his side to La Liga glory on Saturday, as Barcelona go head-to-head with Atletico Madrid for the La Liga title at the Camp Nou.

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