Barcelona football club of Spain will continue to have the servicers of Argentina great players Lionel Messi for additional five years .The 34 year old football agreed for another extension with the Spanish giant till 2026 on a reducing wages to half his previous salary.
Messi, was a free agent after his contract – that reportedly paid him £123m a season – expired on 30 June.
He is on holiday after winning the Copa America and the finer details of the contract are yet to be finalised.
Messi had been linked with moves to Paris St-Germain and Manchester City, where he would be reunited with his former boss at Barcelona Pep Guardiola, as well as America’s Major League Soccer, which he has previously considered experiencing.
Messi is Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals and has won 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, seven Copa del Reys as well as claiming the Ballon d’Or on a record six occasions.
The new chairman of Barcelona Joan Laporta who is the principal actor for the summer tagger said he is happy to have played a role that saw Messi staying back in the club
Barca are also looking at a swap deal involving forward Antoine Griezmann and Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, with the idea of reducing the wage bill.
Fringe players such as Junior Firpo, Jean-Clair Todibo and Carles Alena have already been sold to free up budget but other big-name departures will also need to take place