Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will sign a new four-year deal with the club, keeping him with the Spanish giants until 2021, the side said on Wednesday.
Five times a Ballon d’Or winner, the Argentinean forward was entering the final 12 months of his current deal before the new one was agreed.
Messi, who scored 37 times in La Liga last season, has been at Barcelona since the age of 13, rising through their youth system to become one of the most successful and recognizable footballers in the world.
ALSO READ: How are Messi and Antonella spending their honeymoon?
The 30-year-old follows in the footsteps of teammates and fellow strikers Luis Suarez and Neymar, who signed new deals last season.
Local media reports indicate the deal will see Messi remain as the club’s highest earner, while his buyout clause has been upped to $340.67 million (300 million euros).
Messi loses Supreme Court appeal over tax-fraud convictionLionel Messi has lost his Supreme Court appeal over a tax-fraud conviction in Spain. The court confirmed the 21-month prison sentence handed to Messi ... Entertainment
Late goal by Messi gives Barcelona dramatic win over MadridLionel Messi scored in the last minute to give Barcelona a dramatic 3-2 win over 10-man Real Madrid on Sunday, leaving the Spanish league title race ... Sports
Messi banned for four international matchesArgentina forward Lionel Messi has been banned from their next four competitive internationals starting with Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in ... Sports
How to stop Messi? ‘Tie him up,’ jokes PSG winger LucasParis Saint-Germain winger Lucas jokes that the only way to stop Lionel Messi is "to tie him up."The Brazilian can afford to laugh for he ... Sports