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Messi makes Barça commitment

Published: Wednesday 29 June 2005, 18.13CET
Argentinian Lionel Messi, who in May became FC Barcelona's youngest-ever scorer, has agreed a new deal. features

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Published: Wednesday 29 June 2005, 18.13CET

Messi makes Barça commitment

Argentinian Lionel Messi, who in May became FC Barcelona's youngest-ever scorer, has agreed a new deal.
Argentinian striker Lionel Messi has extended his contract with FC Barcelona until 2010, with the Spanish champions inserting a €150m buy-out clause into the improved deal.

Youngest scorer
The 18-year-old has drawn praise from Diego Maradona for helping Argentina to Saturday's FIFA World Youth Championship final, opening the scoring in last night's 2-1 semi-final win against holders Brazil. He made his debut for Barcelona last October and in May became the club's youngest-ever scorer when finding the net against Albacete Balompié aged 17 years, ten months and seven days.

'Extraordinary ability'
"Messi has opted for Barcelona and we have a lot of confidence in this player," sports director Aitor 'Txiki' Beguiristain told the Barça website. "We are convinced his participation in the first team will be very important from now on. He is a very quick player, with a lot of confidence on the pitch, and with extraordinary technical ability."

Contract extensions
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o is expected to make official his improved contract today, joining midfielders Deco and Xavi Hernández and young right-back Damian Abella 'Damiá' in agreeing extensions.

Last updated: 29/06/05 18.14CET

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