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The Barcelona director has hinted that the prolific forward could be in line for a pay-rise in the near future, despite a war of words at the end of last year

Barcelona vice-president Javier Faus believes Argentine attacker Lionel Messi deserves to be the best-paid player in the game.

The duo were embroiled in a brief war of words towards the end of last year, with Messi's alleged request for a new contract causing the feud.

The 26-year-old signed a new deal with Barcelona as recently as February, but he is no longer the highest earner in La Liga following Cristiano Ronaldo's contract renewal at Real Madrid earlier this season, leading to speculation that Messi had demanded an improved agreement, too.

Faus initially stated that the Argentine would not be offered a new deal any time soon, but has now hinted that Messi could be in line for a new contract after all.

"He’s the best in the world and he’s been that for the last five years, whatever the awards say," Faus told reporters. "He’ll continue playing for Barca.

"I would second president Sandro Rosell’s words – he’s the best player in the world and he deserves the best economic treatment.

"The row is something which is happily resolved now, as Leo has said on a number of occasions. There was no bad intent meant on either side."

Messi's existing deal with Barcelona runs until the summer of 2018.

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