May 16, 2014, 7:35 AM EDT
Barcelona want to make absolutely sure that the world knows that Lionel Messi will remain with the club. That’s why they’ve announced that the Argentine is about to sign a new contract:
FC Barcelona has reached an agreement to adjust the terms in the contract binding Leo Messi to the club as a professional first team player. The revised and updated contract will be signed over the next few days.
There is, of course, no information about what the terms and conditions in the new contract actually are. Nor do we know how long the deal will keep him at Barcelona.
But the point is, Messi will be staying. So, should he put on a fantastic performance in Brazil, leading Argentina to lift the World Cup, it’ll be too late – that, or clubs will have to pony up even more than previously imagined to secure Messi’s services. Even more importantly, this should put to rest the rumors that he’s unhappy at Barcelona and looking to move on.
Messi has been with Barcelona since 2000, joining up with the club’s fabled youth academy when he was just 13. His debut for the senior side came in 2004, and by the 2006-2007 season, he was a regular on the side.
We all know the rest of the story. 50 goals in La Liga in 2011-2012, 46 goals last season. A mere 28 this time around, but he’s made just 28 starts. And with the deal rumored to be over $27m per year, Barcelona sure seem to be betting that the 26-year-old will continue to flourish.
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