Messi extends Barcelona contract by three years

Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with Barcelona, extending his association with the club he joined at 13 to 2021.

Lionel Messi celebrates for Barcelona
Lionel Messi celebrates for Barcelona ©AFP/Getty Images

Lionel Messi has signed a new contract tying him to Barcelona until the end of 2020/21, with a buyout clause worth €700m.

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The 30-year-old, whose previous deal was due to expire next year, has won the UEFA Champions League four times along with eight Spanish Liga titles with the club he joined at the age of 13.

Messi's tally of 523 goals for Barcelona is more than double the next most prolific striker, César. He is third on the club's list of all-time appearances with 602 but the new contract means Xavi Hernández's high of 767 could be in his sights.

Watch Messi’s first 100 European goals
Watch Messi’s first 100 European goals

Most Barcelona goals
523 Lionel Messi
232 César
194 László Kubala
184 Josep Samitier
167 Josep Escolà

Most Barcelona appearances
767 Xavi Hernández
645 Andrés Iniesta
602 Lionel Messi
593 Carles Puyol
549 Migueli

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