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Leo Messi has categorically denied receiving payment for his visit to Gabon last week, following claims by France Football that he was paid 3.5m euros by Gabon President Ali BongoAi??to lay the foundation stone at a 2017 Africa Cup of NationsAi??venue. Lionel MessiAi??has become theAi??center of a controversy, after France Football alleged heAi??Ai??recievedAi??3.5m to lay the foundation stone at a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations stadium, the Port-Gentil stadium in Gabon, as a guest of President Ali Bongo. Keeping a promise The 4-time Ballon Dai??i??Or winner had been given rest after completing Copa America duty and hence, missedAi??FC Barcelonaai???s pre-season tour of the US. But, the Argentina superstar traveled to Gabon to keep a promise he had made to the president as per the man himself: “When I was in Barcelona a few years ago, I met Messi who had told me that he would come to visit me in Libreville,” President Bongo said. ai???Itai??i??s a promise he made me. […]