Lionel Messi signs new deal until 2021

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with a buyout clause worth 700m euros (£626m).

The 30-year-old Argentina international’s deal now runs until the end of the 2020-21 season.

Since joining the club at the age of 13, Messi has helped Barcelona win eight Spanish league titles and won the Champions League four times.

Messi, whose previous deal was due to expire next year, has scored 523 goals in 602 appearances for the club.

Messi in numbers

  • 4,788 – Days since Barcelona debut
  • 361 – Record goal tally in La Liga
  • 40 -Career hat-tricks; 36 for Barcelona, four for Argentina.
  • 30 – Trophies with the club
  • 8 – La Liga titles
  • 4 – Champions League wins

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