Messi to sign new Barca deal after honeymoon


He's the greatest player in football history and has been at Barca since he was just 13. "He plays here and he should retire here".

Messi's new deal comes days after the 30-year-old's marriage to childhood sweetheart Antonela Roccuzzo.

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

The 30-year-old joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in July 2015 but, after his debut was delayed for six months due to the Catalan giants serving a player registration ban, he has failed to nail down a regular starting spot.

The 30-year-old all-time club-record goalscorer has been linked to the Premier League with last year's tax evasion case nearly sending him into the arms of Manchester City but Barcelona have renewed vows with their greatest-ever player.

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

The club announced the new deal on Wednesday.

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. Currently Barcelona's highest goal scorer and he is often considered one of the best players on the world.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he always expected Lionel Messi to sign a new contract and wants the superstar to see out his career at Camp Nou.