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Messi agrees new Barca contract
    2017-July-7  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

SPANISH club Barcelona confirmed Wednesday that Lionel Messi has agreed a new contract, which will keep him at the club until the end of June 2021.

By then, Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer will be 34 years old and finishing his 17th season with the club.

Barcelona said that Messi will sign the new deal “in the coming weeks” that will be good through June 30, 2021.

The contract extension comes as no surprise. Messi has repeatedly said he wanted to play the best years of his career at Barcelona, before perhaps making a return to his native Argentina that he left at 13 years old to come to Barcelona’s famed La Masia training academy.

But with his current contract set to expire at the end of the upcoming 2017-18 season, the club’s board, players, fans and new coach Ernesto Valverde can all breathe easier this summer knowing their star is staying put.

Barcelona released a statement in English calling Messi “the best player in history, who has played his full professional career at Barca and has led the team to an era of extraordinary success, the likes of which has never been seen in world football.”

No financial details of Messi’s new contact were disclosed, but Spain’s Marca sports daily reported that the deal included a 300-million euro (US$340-million) termination clause.

Under his current contract Messi earns around 20 million euros a year in salary, according to Spanish media — and this didn’t include millions of euros in revenues earned from ads and performance-linked bonuses.

Since making his debut with Barcelona’s first team at age 17 in 2004, Messi has established himself as one of the best to ever play the game. He has won the FIFA World Player of the Year five times, and has become the Spanish league’s all-time leading scorer.

Messi has scored a club-record 507 goals in 583 matches. His honors with the club include four UEFA Champions League trophies, eight Spanish league titles and five Copa del Rey titles.(SD-Agencies)

 

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