Messi agreed the new contract with Barcelona in July but the club did not release the usual photo of the player putting pen to paper. That resulted in fans speculating that he could leave in June 2018, when his previous deal ran out, for free.
However, now it is clear that Messi is here to stay, as he and FC Barcelona signed a new contract that will keep the Argentine player playing for the club through the 2020/21 season.
In an official statement Barca made this announcement and posted a picture of Messi signing the deal alongside president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
— Messi World (@MessiWorId) November 25, 2017
"The buyout clause was set at 700 million euros ($835.10 million),” the statement read.
The fans took to social media to expresses their delight over the news.
— 🐦🐦 (@TheSporTalk) November 25, 2017
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 25, 2017
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) November 25, 2017
Messi leads the scoring charts in La Liga with 12 goals and on Friday he was awarded the 2017 European Sports Media Golden Shoe for being the top scorer in a domestic league last season with 37 goals.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 25, 2017
— Lindelof Fan (@SemperFiUtd) November 25, 2017