In an official statement, the club revealed: “FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi signed on Saturday morning a new contract that will keep the Argentinian superstar at the Club through the 2020/21 season.”
If Messi lasts with the club until the end of the deal, he will have spent a memorable 17 years with his boyhood side and helped them clinch global fame amongst numerous silverware.
The most noticeable aspect of his new contract is the eye-catching £626 million buy-out clause embedded within. Needless to say, the amount is a fair reflection of the true worth of the 30-year-old, who just this Friday, was awarded the European Golden Shoe for scoring the most number of goals in Europe last season (37).
The honor is the fourth one of his career, which has seen him bag 8 La Liga titles and 4 UEFA Champions League trophies as well.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: “We are in luck with the Barça players. We continue to enjoy the best player in the history of football.”
Further, the deal will assuredly put an end to interest from Manchester City, who were believed to be ready to lure the player to England when his former contract expired next summer. Now, it certainly appears that he will end his playing days with the Catalans itself.
With 523 goals in 602 appearances and the all-time La Liga top-scorer tag with 361 goals (and counting) to his name, Messi’s career has been a magical one so far, and it will undoubtedly continue to be so during his remaining years at the Camp Nou.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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