It took longer than expected, but Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona finally reached an agreement over a contract extension for the Argentinian player.
Talks over a new deal had been ongoing for months, and at one point it was believed Messi did not want to extend his current deal with the Camp Nou outfit in order to move to the English Premier League. However, both parties came to their senses and now the 30-year-old superstar has extended his deal with Los Blaugranas.
Messi’s new deal will run through the 2020-21 season, which esentially means he will likely retire in Barcelona. By the time his new deal expires, Messi would be 34 years old and he might opt to hang his boots by that time.
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the club released an official statement in which they announced the deal.
“‘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 Barca and has led the team to an era of extraordinary success, the likes of which has never been seen in world football,” said Barca in a statement.
Messi’s impressive career speaks on his own. The Argentinian forward is Barcelona’s record scorer with 507 goals in 583 matches, and is also the leading scorer in La Liga history with 349 goals. He has won the Ballon d’Or on five occasions and has won 30 trophies with Barcelona, including La Liga eight times and the Champions League four times.