Argentina international, Lionel Messi, is not leaving Barcelona anytime soon after agreeing to a new four-year contract extension which will see him stay at Camp Nou until the summer of 2021.
Messi, who recently got married to long-time sweetheart, Antonella Roccuzzo, had been a subject of speculations linking him with a move away from the Spanish side, but has now committed his future to the club.
In a statement released on their official website, the club expressed their happiness with Messi’s renewal, and said the deal will be signed in the coming weeks.
“FC Barcelona and Leo Messi have agreed on a contract renewal that will keep the Argentinian at the Club until June 30th, 2021,” the statement read.
“The deal will be signed in the coming weeks, when Messi returns to the team for pre-season training.
“The Club is very happy with both the renewal and the commitment of Messi, the best player in history, who has played his full professional career at Barça and has led the team to an era of extraordinary success, the likes of which has never been seen in world football,” it concluded.
The 30-year-old, who made his first team debut as a 16-year-old, after arriving from Argentine side, Newell’s Old Boys as a 13-year-old, has won eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, five Copa del Rey, seven Spanish Super Cups, three European Super Cups and three Club World Cups in 13 seasons with the club.
With Barça, Messi, who has won the Ballon d’Or five times, more than any other Player in the history of the game, four Pichichi and four Golden Shoes, has scored 507 goals in 583 matches and is the club’s record goal scorer, as well as La Liga’s record goal scorer.