Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with Barcelona until 2021, the Liga leaders confirmed, ending speculation the five-times world player of the year could leave the club he has spent his entire career for free next June.
We are in luck with the Barça players. We continue to enjoy the best player in the history of football pic.twitter.com/4RoCwXfNpG
— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) November 25, 2017
“FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi signed on Saturday morning a new contract that will keep the Argentine superstar at the Club through the 2020/21 season,” said a statement from Barca, posting a picture of Messi signing the deal alongside president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 25, 2017
“The buyout clause was set at 700 million euros (626.25 million pounds).”
Messi agreed the new contract with Barcelona in July but the club did not release the usual photo of the player putting pen to paper, fuelling speculation he could depart in June 2018, when his previous deal ran out, for free.