Barcelona and Lionel Messi agree on new contract renewal

Barcelona and Lionel Messi agree on new contract renewal

Lionel Messi will play out the best remaining years of his trophy-rich career at Barcelona.

"He has three years on his contract, and he will be part of the pre-season training that starts on July 12".

Barcelona have handed Lionel Messi a new contract, tying the Argentinian wizard to the club for four more years and pumping his weekly wage up to an eye-watering £500,000.

Messi has hinted in the past that he would like to return in the future to Argentina to play for his very first club, CA Newell's Old Boys in his hometown of Rosario, where he Wednesday last week.

Since then, the player has embarked on one of the most remarkable careers in the history of the game to become arguably, one of the greatest footballers of all time.

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

And Sport says also included in the new contract is a signing on bonus to the tune of €50 million.

"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", it said.

If he takes up the extra year, he 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. This new contract could see him retire at Camp Nou.