World player of the year, Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with FC Barcelona until 2018.
Messi, 25, has been at the club since he joined as a boy when he moved to Spain.
The deal comes as no surprise that he wouldn’t wish to play anywhere else at this stage in his career, and will see him remain at the Nou Camp until he is 31.
Barcelona have also given new contracts to Spanish players, Xavi and Carlos Puyol – which both end in 2016. The three have all come from the club youth academy;
“This news means that FC Barcelona has secured its ties with three of its most important players.” - FC Barcelona statement
The Argentine striker, Messi, has broken the most goals in a calendar year record in 2012, having scored 90 goals for both his club and country. Messi broke German striker Gerd Muller‘s record of 85.
It is believed that Messi’s current deal would have ran out in 2016, with Puyol’s in 2013 and Xavi 2014.
Questions over whether Lionel Messi is the best ever soccer player still rumble on, but this remarkable man still continues to get better and better, with 2 goals in each of his last 8 games.
With probably an un-affordable price tag, Messi’s new deal means another 6 years of brilliance from the 2 time FIFA World player of the year.
Messi has been shortlisted for the award again, and one would suspect he has it already rapped up, having broken such an incredible goal scoring record.
Some have questioned whether Messi’s ranking in the history books won’t ever be top unless he wins a World Cup like the greats, Diego Maradona and Pele did; but can you really say that, given the brilliance he shows week in, week out and on the highest level – scoring ridiculous goals, making it look incredibly easy and showing a professional attitude that is quite simply a rarity in the modern game.
By Stowe Gregory @stowegregory