Lionel Messi inks new contract deal with Barcelona
Lionel Messi has put pen on paper on a new deal at Barcelona. The contract extension binds the 25-year-old Argentina international to the Spanish club until June 2018. This means Lionel Messi is committed to Barcelona till the age of 31.
The Argentine goal-scoring prodigy agreed to a two-year contract extension in December last year, but a few remaining clauses in the deal required final touches. After further negotiations a final draft of the contract appeared in front of Lionel Messi on Tuesday this week.
On Thursday, Barcelona president Sandro Rosell announced Lionel Messi had inked a contract extension. The latest contract renewal is the sixth time Lionel Messi has had his contract upgraded in the past eight years.
A report from AS has confirmed that the terms of Lionel Messi’s new contract don’t vary a greatly deal from his previous contract. Lionel Messi would continue to earn around €11 million a year (after tax) and the release clause in his contract is still €250 million.
The news of Lionel Messi’s new contract was confirmed by Barcelona through a statement on their official website.
“This afternoon Leo Messi extended his contract with FC Barcelona through June 30 of 2018,” the statement read. “The signing ceremony was attended by the player, president Sandro Rosell, vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and director of football Andoni Zubizarreta. Messi added two additional years to his existing contract, which was set to expire in June of 2016.
“The player, who joined the club when he was 13 years old and made his first-team debut three years later, will be 31 when his contract expires.”
A couple of other Barcelona players also agreed to contract extensions recently. The list includes veterans like Carles Puyol and Javier Hernandez. Both players will remain at Barcelona until 2016.
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s long-term first-team goalkeeper Victor Valdes has decided to leave the La Liga leaders once his contract expires in June of 2014.