Lionel Messi has extended his Barcelona contract through the 2020-21 season, putting an end to growing speculation that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was looking to negotiate with other clubs come January. Messi has now committed himself to the Camp Nou until the age of 34.
According to a statement from the club, the buyout clause is set at €700 million ($835m). By the conclusion of the 2020-21 season, Messi will have spent 17 years with the first team.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 25, 2017
Barcelona claimed that Messi had agreed to this contract back in July, but it emerged that Messi himself had never signed the deal. With the Argentine reluctant to speak about the situation, rumors grew over a possible reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
However, those rumors have been effectively quashed today in a massive victory for the club and Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
We are in luck with the Barça players. We continue to enjoy the best player in the history of football pic.twitter.com/4RoCwXfNpG— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) November 25, 2017
Messi has previously made it clear that he wishes to end his career with his childhood club in Argentina, Newell’s Old Boys. This will likely be his final Barcelona contract if he still wishes to make that dream a reality.