Messi's father Jorge flew into Barcelona on Wednesday to meet with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, but that meeting failed to see the two parties move closer to an agreement, raising the possibility of a court case - something Messi insisted he wanted to avoid.
The veteran opened the score by firing a freekick before the break, then added a second by curling home from the edge of the penalty area in the 73rd minute.
The women's long jump event saw teenager Qin Huiling better her PB by three times to land the victory at 6.37m. Zeng Rui also renewed her life-time best to win the women's triple jump title at 14.10m, while Fang Yaoqing won the men's triple jump at 16.88m. Enditem
In the men's singles, Russian players Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev joined Thiem in the last eight while Australia's Alex De Minaur also advanced. Enditem
"This year, any player that loses in the first round will be awarded 30 percent more than last year, bringing their winnings to 60,000 euros," read a tournament statement. "A significant effort has also been made in terms of the qualifying rounds, with a 27 percent increase in prize money compared with 2019. Any players who lose in the first round of the qualifying competition will take home a cheque for 10,000 euros." Enditem
“I played incredible from tee to green for the first two rounds, but I missed too many putts from within 10 feet. In all honesty, I had three putts at the 13th hole today after being on the green in two – that was difference.“
The 33-year-old striker, who came on after the interval, latched onto a through pass from teammate Wu Xi before sending it into the net in the 65th minute.
"As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being."
Barcelona insisted that he had to pay his 700-million-euro release clause.
Both matches will be played behind closed doors in line with health protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local press said on Tuesday, quoting the Moroccan Football Federation.
37-year-old Farah and his training partner and local athlete Bashir Abdi of Belgium both beat the previous world record of 21,285 meters set by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie back in 2007.