With Messi having re-signed until 2021, Alba said he hoped the 30-year-old could maintain his incredible form.
With Messi's income split between set wages and image rights, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will earn around €71m-a-year through his wages alone - making up a total of 85% of his income.
Messi's rating showed him ahead of Ronaldo in the pace, passing and dribbling attributes whereas the two superstars matched equally in the shooting attribute.
Der Spiegel also report that Real were ready to offer Messi a contract worth a whopping £20m a year, or £384,000 a week. Even those who don't support the Blaugrana want a 'Messi 10' shirt.
The report states that in the 64th minute around 1,000 home fans situated in the Bernabeu's north stand chanted "Messi, Messi, re****ed" for 10 seconds.
Exactly how much truth there is to any of this remains unclear.
But it turns out that the figures reported by the media may be inaccurate.
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Barcelona youngster Jose Arnaiz scored the opener - with Valverde fielding a weakened side - before Pione Sisto ensured Celta gave themselves a fighting chance to progress to the quarter-finals.
Continuing on a money theme and also with Lionel Messi, another news source, Spiegel, is reporting that Messi had to cough up €12 million in back taxes, at the end of 2016, to escape further punishment over his financial affairs, a drop in the ocean when you consider his salary.
"Real Madrid used an intermediary to arrange this meeting who wasn't a club employee but was someone very close to Florentino Perez".
Cristiano Ronaldo returned for a record 12th time to lead the UEFA team of the year 2017. The only two ratings that Ronaldo beat Messi at was the physicality and the defensive attributes.
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