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Messi agrees to lucrative Barca extension

Messi agrees to lucrative Barca extension

It will come as a huge relief to all those involved with the Catalan club if Messi, 30, does indeed sign his new deal next week, as the expiration date on his current contract is a little too close for comfort.

The 30-year-old, who joined Barca aged 13, will sign the deal when he returns to training from pre-season.

Barcelona's all-time leading scorer with 507 goals in 583 matches, among Messi's achievements are helping the Blaugrana win four Champions League trophies, eight Spanish league titles and five Copa del Rey titles.

"'The club is very happy with both the renewal and the commitment of Messi", A statement read.

Securing their talisman's future is Barca's first major move ahead of the 2017-18 season, where Ernesto Valverde will be at the helm, having replaced Luis Enrique. Individually, Messi has won the Ballon d'Or prize, which is given to the world's best men's player.

Interestingly, the incident happened the same day Cristiano Ronaldo beat Messi to the Best FIFA Player of the Year award in a glittering ceremony in Zurich.

Intervinieron el gremio de Canillitas de Omar Plaini — Escandaloso
En el acto electoral del año 2013, que ahora se encuentra bajo la mirada judicial, Plaini había ganado con el 89% de los votos. Plaini, además de líder del sindicato de canillitas es diputado nacional por el monobloque Cultura, Educación y Trabajo.

By announcing Messi's agreement the board hopes to thwart some of the negative issues that sees Josep Maria Bartomeu's presidency being questioned.

However, after the wedding, the couple changed their plans and is now in the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda for their honeymoon with sons Thiago and Mateo.

The likes of Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer and Arda Turan are recent examples of big-money Barca signings that have failed to add stardust.

Gomes, Alcacer, Arda, Aleix Vidal, Lucas Digne - the past two years have not been stellar in the transfer market for Barca.

"Leo Messi has since gone on to break just about every record and has become the greatest player in the world".