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Messi will stay until 2021 with new Sh66.9m-a-week deal

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi failed to find the net as his side lost 3-0 to Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final in Turin on April 11, 2017

LONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 5 – Barcelona have announced Lionel Messi’s contract renovation with the buy-out clause likely to rise to Sh35.3b (£264m).

Messi had left Barca supporters nervously trying to read the signs coming out of his camp as his current deal was allowed to run down to June 2018.

But that wait is finally over with the player ready to tie his future to the club he joined as a 13-year-old. The new contract will run until 2021, with the option of an extra year.

The 30-year-old all-time club-record goalscorer has been linked to the Premier League with last year’s tax evasion case almost sending him into the arms of Manchester City but Barcelona have renewed vows with their greatest-ever player.

READ: Barcelona confirm £500,000-a-week, four-year contract for megastar with huge buy-out clause of £264m

Messi got married to long-term partner Antonella Roccuzzo last Friday and he is still on honeymoon in the Caribbean but when he returns to training next week he will sign his new deal.

Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Real Madrid on April 23, 2017

His new net salary will go up to Sh3.5b (£26.4m) per season, putting him on over Sh66.9m (£500,000) per week.

A club statement read: “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 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 Barca and has led the team to an era of extraordinary success, the likes of which has never been seen in world football.”

Messi will be 34 in June 2022 when the deal ends if he takes up the extra year. That optional season will not be subject to him playing a certain amount of games the season before.

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And the Argentine will be able to top up his earnings by around 20 per cent in total if he meets various targets such as winning La Liga, the Champions League and Ballon d’Or.

He will also receive a huge undisclosed signing-on fee, believed to be in excess of £23.2m.

-By Daily Mail

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