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Barcelona airport expansion held up by Messi

Due to restrictions surrounding Messi's house, Barcelona airport's expansion has been held up. Credit: PA

Vueling president Javier Sanchez-Prieto claimed that a new terminal is not possible at Barcelona airport because planes are not allowed to fly over Lionel Messi's house.

There is an environmental restriction over the town of Gava on the outskirts of Barcelona where Messi lives.

Sanchez-Prieto said that the airport's runways are limited "because you cannot pass over where Messi lives" and added "this doesn't happen anywhere else in the world."

Lionel Messi signs new Barcelona contract

Lionel Messi has signed a contract extension until 2021. Credit: PA

Lionel Messi has signed a new deal with Barcelona through to the summer of 2021.

A renewal was agreed between player and club in July but it is only now that Messi has put pen to paper on the contract.

Announcing the deal, the LaLiga club added that the Argentina forward has had a £626million buy-out clause inserted into his contract.

That means, in all likelihood, the 30-year-old will finish his career at the Nou Camp and not, as has been reported for some time, move to Manchester City.

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