A poor performance at Russian Federation 2018 could see Messi vanish again, though, according to the man himself.
"Criticism does hurt him and we've talked about this many times".
First of all, Messi will pocket a reported €70m a year in wages, or €1.2 million-a-week or €95,880 a day (after tax) or €3,995 an hour (after tax) with exclusive image rights and a €100 million signing on fee.
They moved early, as Messi would have been able to speak to City in the New Year if he had not signed a new deal.
Barcelona want a quick deal done between all parties to ensure that they don't have to pay over the odds if Coutinho has an outstanding World Cup for Brazil next summer.
"He is one of the best strikers in the world and he has shown that every week at Juventus", the Barcelona player told Argentina broadcaster TyC on Wednesday.
"Today we are some distance from being champions, but there is time for us to prepare". The bitterness we feel is because we know what awaits us if we do badly.
It was Argentina's third major final defeat in as many years, and Messi said at the time, per BBC Sport: "For me, the national team is over".
At one point it looked as though Messi may not be at the 2018 World Cup even if Argentina did qualify after he announced his global retirement in June 2016 after a second successive Copa America final defeat to Chile.
"Having said that, he needs to be in the Argentina squad".
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