Lionel Messi set to be offered record deal to stay at Barcelona

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Lionel Messi enhanced his legend in his home country of Argentina earlier in the week, with a stunning hat-trick to ensure their qualification to the World Cup.

He is in fact the only Argentina player to have scored for the national team in the last 11 months - which shows just how much they rely on him, as he helped them come from a goal down to beat Ecuador 3-1.

And with the international break now at an end, attention turns back to club football, where all hasn't appeared rosy for Messi.

Rumours had grown that the Argentine was unhappy with the club's transfer business during the summer window, having sold Neymar and missed out on key target Philippe Coutinho, as Liverpool refused to do business with the Catalans.

Furthermore, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's contract is due to expire next year, leaving the club panicking that they be about to lose their prized asset, as he had been reluctant to sit down with Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu.

However, it has been revealed that Barca are preparing to offer Messi a staggering £80m signing-on-fee in order to keep him at the Camp Nou - and it will be funded by a naming rights partner for the stadium.

The famous ground is due to undergo renovation starting next year, with a roof being built over the venue, and the capacity set to be increased to 105,000.

Barca are hopeful of announcing a new deal with Nike as well, and aim to sign a sponsorship to name the 'New Camp Nou' worth in the region of £179m for a 25-year contract.

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Messi's fee would be a world-record one, and the contract is also worth £500,000-a-week, keeping him with the club until 2021, when he will be aged 34.

The Argentinian is undecided as to whether to sign the deal next month, with speculation over his future continuing to grow.

Barcelona v Eibar - La Liga

One possibility is that he could potentially sign the contract with no photograph, therefore calming supporters' nerves, while also stopping the president from presenting the renewal as his personal success.

Messi will be permitted to talk to foreign clubs over a pre-contract deal from January, so Barca will hope he opts to extend his stay sooner rather than later.

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