Lionel Messi has officially signed a new four-year contract with Barcelona. The new contract was signed on Saturday morning and will see Messi stay at Camp Nou until 2021. His contract was due to be up at the end of the season and there had been rumours of a move to Manchester City.
Talks over a new contract had occurred in July but no official deal had been made, meaning that Messi could have been on his way out of the club in the summer.
The Argentinian world star has played for Barcelona for 17 years since joining in 2000 aged 13. He made his debut for the first team at just 16-years-old and played his first competitive match for the first team aged 17.
The new contract has a £626 million buy-out clause. This would suggest that the Argentinian will remain at Barcelona for the rest of his footballing career, rather than a move to Manchester City which had been rumoured.
The 30-year-old has scored 523 goals for Barcelona in 602 matches and over 600 goals for club and country. He has been awarded the Ballon d’Or five times, which is more than any other player. On Friday, Messi was awarded his fourth Golden Shoe for scoring 37 goals in the Spanish League last season, being the top scorer in Europe.
During his time at Barcelona, Messi has helped the club to win eight La Liga titles, four Champions League titles and five Copa del Rey titles.