Messi extends Barca contract till 2021

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has agreed a contract
extension which will keep him at the club until 2021.
The 30-year-old, who joined Barca aged 13, will sign the deal
when he returns to training from pre-season.
“The club is very happy with the renewal and commitment of
Messi, the best player in history,” said the La Liga club.
The Argentina forward has scored a club-record 507 goals in
583 matches since his competitive debut in 2004.
Messi, who is currently on honeymoon after marrying childhood
sweetheart Antonela Roccuzzo, is also La Liga’s record scorer on 349 goals.
Spanish media say the new deal contains a 300m euro (£263m)
buy-out clause and comes after Messi reportedly rejected an initial offer in
May.
In a statement, Barca said Messi has “led the team to an era
of extraordinary success, the likes of which has never been seen in world
football”.
“Leo Messi will not stop there – the Argentinian is in one of
the best moments of his career and still has a lot more left to give, which is
music to the ears of all Barca fans who will get to continue marvelling at his
greatness for at least another four years,” the statement added.
Messi’s previous deal was scheduled to end in the summer of
2018.


The striker has been previously linked with a move to
Manchester City but his new contract ties him to the 24-time La Liga winners
until he is 34.
Since breaking into the first team under former Barca boss
Frank Rijkaard, Messi has won eight La Liga titles, the Champions League four
times and the Copa del Rey on five occasions.

Sun

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