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Lionel Messi has signed a new contract that will keep him at the Camp Nou until the end of the 2020/21 season and it has a buy-out clause of €700 million (£626 million).
The deal means that, at the end of the deal, Messi will have been at Barcelona for more than 20 years. Messi, 30, joined the club as a 13-year-old.
In his time at Barcelona Messi has made 602 appearances and scored 523 goals. He has helped Barca to win 8 La Liga titles and 4 Champions Leagues.
Messi has also won 4 European Golden Shoe awards – the most recent coming on November 24, in recognition of his 37 goals in the Spanish league last season.
Barca officials had initially announced Messi had signed a new deal in July, but it quickly emerged that wasn’t the case and led to speculation that he could leave. However, this new deal – and massive buy-out clause – should put those rumours to bed.
A statement from the club said Messi’s signing would be “music to the ears of all Barca fans.”
Manchester City could mount a sensational world-record bid for Barcelona star Lionel Messi, if he doesn’t put pen to paper on a new contract at the Camp Nou.
In July, Barca officials announced that a deal to keep Messi at Barcelona until 2021 had been done. However, it seems that announcement jumped the gun as, three months on, the deal has not been signed and there are more than just a few formalities to be sorted out, according to a report in Spanish newspaper Marca.
Should talks not prove fruitful, Manchester City could come in with a bid. Marca reports a potential €400 million (£356.5 million) offer, which would dwarf the current world record £198 million Paris St-Germain paid to Barca in the summer for Neymar.
Unnamed sources close to City say that “serious conversations have been held with the footballer’s inner circle,” although this remains confirmed, Marca add.
However, it should be remembered that this report has appeared in Marca, which is associated with Barca’s great rivals, Real Madrid – so should be taken with a pinch of salt, especially with unnamed sources quoted. Likewise, it is known that Messi and his family are settled in Barcelona and he has not fallen out with the club in any way. In addition, the club are still saying that the deal is complete.
So, while this is speculation and just that, let’s just dream of what it would be like to have Messi in the Premier League.
Lionel Messi has agree to extend his contract with Barcelona until the end of the 2021 season.
The Argentinian will sign the contract when he returns to pre-season training. The deal will mean Messi will take his association with the club past the 20-year mark – the 30-year-old joined Barca when he was just 13.
“The club is very happy with the renewal and commitment of Messi, the best player in history,” said Barcelona in a statement.
“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.
Since making his debut in 2004, Messi has played 583 times for Barca, scoring a club-record 507 goals. He has also won 5 Ballon d’Ors.