Lionel Messi signs new deal until 2021
Lionel Messi ends speculation, signs new Barca deal.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with a buyout clause worth 700m euros (£626m).
Messi, who made his debut for Barcelona aged just 17 against Espanyol, in October 2004, has scored 523 goals in 602 appearances for the club.
The club tweeted out the news accompanied by the message, ‘the story continues’ as they reeled off a number of statistics associated with his Barcelona career.
‘He made his debut 4,788 days ago. He has played 602 games. He has scored 523 goals. He has won 30 trophies. The story continues’, the full tweet read.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 25, 2017
The Argentina international has won eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, five Copas del Rey, seven Spanish Super Cups, three European Super Cups and three Club World Cups in 14 seasons he has spent with the club.
La Liga (eight): 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16
Copa del Rey (five): 2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17
Champions League (four): 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15
Ballon d’Or/FIFA Ballon d’Or (five): 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
The 30-year-old was recently presented with his fourth European Golden Shoe after scoring 37 times in the Spanish league last season.