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Confirmed! Lionel Messi signs contract extension with Barcelona

The new deal will see the star player remain with the club through 2020/21 season.

Image: SIPA USA/PA Images

LIONEL MESSI ON Saturday finally put pen to paper on a contract extension keeping him at Barcelona until 2021, the club announced, making official an agreement reached in July.

The Spanish giants had announced in the summer that Messi had committed his future to the club but the Argentine had not signed the new deal, with his existing contract set to expire in 2018.

“FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi signed on Saturday morning a new contract that will keep the Argentinian superstar at the club through the 2020/21 season,” read a club statement. “The buyout clause was set at 700 million euros ($835 million).”

Messi first joined the club as a 13-year-old back in 2000. He made his official debut at 17 against Espanyol and is now in his 14th season with the first team.

Throughout his club career with Barcelona, he has won eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, five Copas del Rey, seven Spanish Super Cups, three European Super Cups, and three Club World Cups.

- © AFP, 2017

With additional reporting by Sinéad Farrell

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