Lionel Messi extends Barcelona stay till 2021, buy-out clause reportedly set to €300 million


Barcelona: Spain's FC Barcelona extended the contract of star striker Lionel Messi until 30 June , 2021, the club announced on Wednesday, just days after he wed his childhood sweetheart in Argentina.

"The deal will be signed in the coming weeks, when Messi returns to the team for pre-season training," the club said in a statement.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opener during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) final football match FC Barcelona vs Deportivo Alaves at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on May 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO

Lionel Messi has won 29 trophies with Barcelona since making his first-team debut. AFP

The club gave no details about the contract that will keep the Argentinian megastar and five times Ballon d'Or winner at Camp Nou until he reaches the age of 34.

But Spain's Marca sports daily reported on Tuesday that it included a €300 million ($340-million) termination clause.

Messi's current contract was due to run out in June 2018.

The 30-year-old Argentina international joined FC Barcelona in 2000 when he was just 13 years old in the youth training centre.


"He made his first team debut at just 16 years of age in a friendly against FC Porto, before making his debut the following season against Espanyol at 17," the statement said.

"Shortly after, he scored his first senior goal with a clever lob against Albacete at the Camp Nou."

Now, with 507 goals scored in 583 official matches, Messi is the club's all time leading scorer and is widely considered one of the world's best players.


Published Date: Jul 05, 2017 04:42 pm | Updated Date: Jul 05, 2017 04:55 pm