June 21, 2024

Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi has ended speculations surrounding his future at the Catalan club as he signed a new deal that will tie him with the club till 2020/2021 season.
The Argentine who has been at the club since the age of 13 has 700m Euro (£626m) as release clause in his latest deal.

The five-time Baloon d’or winner has scored 523 goals in 602 appearances.
“The objective is to continue achieving things and making history,” Messi said.
Since joining at the age of 13, Messi has helped Barca win eight Spanish league titles and the Champions League four times.

“We’ve been lucky enough to have won a great many things and I hope there will be more in the future,” he added.

“I’m happy to continue with the club, which is my home. My dream was to finish my career at Barca and we are moving down that path.”

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu described him as “the best player in football history”, and said the new contract, with a significantly higher buyout clause, was “more in line with the current situation in the ever-changing world of football”.
He added: “The buyout clause had to be modified, and it has gone from 300m euros to 700m euros.
“It fills me with pride to see him with us renewing his love for the club.”

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