The Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with the club that will keep him at the Catalan Giants until 2018. The 25-year-old Lionel Messi is regarded as the best player in the world. He recently broke the record of having scored the most number of goals in a calendar year. He has so far scored 90 goals in all competitions, while there are still a few matches left in the calendar year for him to score even more. Barcelona revealed a few months ago that they are in negotiations with the striker over the possibility of extending his new deal.
He has also been handed a bumper contract for six years, which will make the best paid player in the world. Even though Messi has been one of the most influential players for the club, his wages were not thought to be at the top of the tree. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Samuel Eto’o, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were all ahead of him in the pecking order. However, Messi was able to overtake all of them due to his incredible sponsorship deals, but this new contract will make him one of the best paid players in the world outright. Messi recently said that he would be happy to commit with Barcelona for life.
Meanwhile, Carlos Puyol and Xavi have also extended their contracts as well. “FC Barcelona can announce that it has reached agreements with Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez and Leo Messi for the renewal of their respective contracts. This news means that FC Barcelona has secured its ties with three of its most important players. Over the course of the next few weeks, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez and Leo Messi will all be signing their respective new contracts,” said a statement on the official website of Barcelona.