Barcelona forward Leo Messi said that "a lot of outrageous things that were mostly lies" have been said over the last year about his future at the Catalan club and emphasized that his side cannot "let the league slip away" after Real Madrid's slip-up.
At an event for his foundation with Qatari telecommunications company Ooredoo –in which a new health cooperation project was presented– the Barça striker did not talk about his improved contract with the club, but pointed out that "a lot of outrageous things" had been said about him.
"A lot of things have been said during the year. A lot of outrageous things that were mostly lies. I'm fine", the Argentina captain said.
Messi's comments came after news was confirmed of his improved contract with Barcelona, where he will earn a fixed gross amount between €20 ($27.7) and €22 million ($30.5 million). However, Messi wanted to focus on the league and said that Real Madrid's draw against Valladolid yesterday has opened up Barça's chances of winning La Liga.
"We're better today than we have been in recent weeks. We have another chance to win La Liga and it's down to us. We have to take advantage of this situation and not let it slip away", he added.