25th November, 2017
F.C. Barcelona’s Management and fans heaved a serious sigh of relief today as the team’s star player, Lionel Messi finally put pen to paper to extend his stay at the Catalonian giants until June, 2021.
This much awaited contract extension has attached to it a €700million buyout clause which is expected to stave interest from teams like Manchester City and the likes of PSG who had been nursing the dream of prying off the superstar from Camp nou with mouth-watering offers.
The club’s supporters have been very uneasy with developments at the club for sometime now especially concerning the issue of the mercurial striker’s future at the club. Hopefully, all that have now been put to rest.
The only consolation the fans had hitherto gotten is the fact that the mercurial striker had continued to carry the team on his shoulders anytime he is on the field of play and that has culminated in him once again leading the goal-scorers chart in LaLiga as at the moment.
However, the long-running saga finally came to a conclusion on Saturday, with Messi putting pen to paper on his fresh terms with the five-time European champions, the mammoth buyout clause dwarfing the €222m Paris Saint-Germain spent to prise Neymar away from Barca in August.
Messi will be 34 years old when his newest extension will expire, and will have spent 17 years as a professional at F.C. Barcelona, having made his debut in 2004 after progressing from the club’s famed La Masia academy.