At last! Messi signs new Barcelona deal until 2021 with £626 million buy-out clause
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has finally put pen to paper for a new deal at Barcelona. The deal will see him stay at the club till 2021 with the buyout clause set at £626 million.
This deal was confirmed by Barcelona on their official twitter handle on Saturday, November 25, and Messi was pictured signing with Barcelona president seated beside him.
The deal was agreed immediately after five-time Ballon d’Or-winner’s wedding, but the deal was only officially confirmed today, November 25.
When his new deal expires in 2021, the Argentine skipper would have spent 17 seasons at the Catalonia club.
Lionel Messi joined Barça back in 2000 as a 13-year-old, arriving from Newell’s Old Boys, after impressing throughout the various youth categories.
He made his first team debut at just 16 years of age in a friendly against FC Porto, before making his official debut the following season against Espanyol at age 17.
Shortly after, he scored his first senior goal with a clever lob against Albacete at the Camp Nou.
He has played 602 games for Barcelona, scoring 523 goals and winning 30 trophies in his 14 seasons at the club.
Messi has been voted world best footballer five times and he is also Barcelona’s all time highest goals scorer and also regarded by many as one of the greatest footballers ever..Naija