Lionel Messi extends contract with Barcelona to 2021

Argentine star, Lionel Messi has agreed to a four-year contract extension which will keep him at Barcelona until the summer of 2021.

Spanish newspaper Marca have reported that the new contract contains a release clause of €300m.

A statement released on the club’s official website said: “FC Barcelona and Leo Messi have agreed on a contract renewal that will keep the Argentinian at the club until June 30th, 2021. The deal will be signed in the coming weeks when Messi returns to the team for pre-season training.”

The statement added: “The Club is very happy with both the renewal and the commitment of Messi, the best player in history, who has played his full professional career at Barça and has led the team to an era of extraordinary success, the likes of which has never been seen in world football.”

Messi has won eight league titles, four Champions League and four Copa del Rey cups.

Messi has also won the Ballon d’Or, France Football’s coveted award for the world’s best footballer, on five occasions.

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