Lionel Messi extends Barcelona stay till 2016 with new contract
Lionel Messi, who has been at Barcelona since he was only 13 years old, is set to sign a contract extension on Thursday. The Argentine football prodigy might as well commit the rest of his career to his boyhood club, but for now Lionel Messi is only settling for a new contract.
The new contract will commit Lionel Messi to Barcelona up until the summers of 2018. According to insiders at Barcelona, Lionel Messi has agreed to sign in a two-year contract extension which has been in the making since last December.
The date and the signing ceremony was scheduled for Tuesday, but delays in the whole process caused it to be shifted to Thursday.
“Leo Messi will become the latest player to extend his time at Barca,” a statement appeared on Barcelona’s official website yesterday. “Recent weeks have already seen extensions agreed for captains Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernandez.
“On Thursday, the striker, who is currently in Sweden with the Argentina national team, will sign a renewed contract that binds him to FC Barcelona until June 30, 2018. The venue will be the club offices, and the time will be 16.30.”
The new contracts signed by Xavier Hernandez and Carles Puyol will see the midfielder and defender play for Barcelona until 2016. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi’s new contract ensures the Argentina international will play for the Spanish football giants past his 31st birthday.
Lionel Messi will be captaining for Argentina against his former Barcelona teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will be leading Sweden, in an international friendly on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old recently won the Ballon d’Or for the fourth successive year. The Argentina goal-scoring machine has been in phenomenal form since breaking into Barcelona’s first team in 2008.
Last year, Lionel Messi broke the record for the highest number of goals scored in a year, a record which was owned by the legendary German striker Gerd Mueller. Lionel Messi surpassed his 85-goal record by scoring an astounding 91 goals.