There has been speculation relating to a new contract deal for Lionel Messi.

Today, confirmation has come through that once Messi returns from his honeymoon he will put pen-to-paper on a deal which will keep him at the Camp Nou until 2021.

A statement issued by the club, pertaining to the contract extension, reads,

‘The deal will be signed in the coming weeks, when Messi returns to the team for pre-season training,’ said a statement on the club website.

‘The club is very happy with both the renewal and the commitment of Messi, the best player in history, who has played his full professional career at Barça and has led the team to an era of extraordinary success, the likes of which has never been seen in world football.’

Since arriving at the Camp Nou as a 13-year-old, Messi has scored 507 goals in 583 competitive matches.

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