Lionel Messi has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with Barcelona that will keep him at Camp Nou till 2021, the club announced.

Barcelona have made an official announcement to confirm that Lionel Messi has signed a contract renewal that will keep him at the club till June 30th, 2021. And according to a report in the Independent, the Argentinian superstar will earn a staggering £500,000 per week, with the contract having a release clause worth £220 million.

The official statement read,”Barcelona and Leo Messi have agreed on a contract renewal that will keep the Argentinian at the club until June 30th, 2021. The club is very happy with both the renewal and the commitment of Messi, the best player in history.”

Messi joined Barcelona in 2001 as a 14-year-old, rapidly progressing through the ranks at the club before making his first-team debut in a friendly in 2003 – a year in which he represented five different teams for the Blaugrana.

Since then, the player has embarked on one of the most remarkable careers in the history of the game to become arguably, one of the greatest footballers of all time.

Winning everything there is to win at the club level multiple times, the 30-year-old has lifted a staggering 30 trophies in his Barcelona career – eight La Liga and four Champions League titles among many other accolades.

In addition to that, Messi is also one of the most prolific players to have played the game. The Argentine National Team captain is, in fact, the all-time leading goalscorer in Barcelona’s history (507 goals) as well as La Liga history (349 goals), and has won the Ballon d’Or a record five times.

However, despite enjoying such unprecedented success with the club throughout his senior career, his future at Camp Nou started getting mired in uncertainty as his contract was set to expire in the summer of 2018.

Despite concerns surrounding Messi’s position at Barcelona though, the club officials maintained a confident stance over his renewal, with the player himself hinting that a new deal would be signed soon.

And Barcelona supporters can now heave a huge sigh of relief with the club officially announcing Messi’s renewal. The deal not only means that he is set to stay at Camp Nou until he’s 34, but also makes him the highest paid player in Europe, pocketing an astounding £500,000 per week.

Thus ends a contract saga that dragged on for more than a year, with Barcelona now securing the futures of each of the players in their famous attacking trio – the MSN.

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