Barca trio of Messi, Xavi and Puyol sign new long-term contracts with club
Barcelona trio of Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Carlos Puyol have signed new long-term contracts with the Catalan giants.
Messi has agreed to pen down a new contract that would keep him at the club until 2018 whereas Xavi and Carles Puyol had agreed extensions until 2016.
Messi's current deal runs until June 2016 and the new agreement will keep him at the Nou Camp beyond his 31st birthday.
The forward has enjoyed an extraordinary year, even by his own remarkable standards, netting his 89th and 90th goals of 2012 at the weekend.
The 25-year-old had already surpassed Gerd Muller's 40-year-old record of 85 goals in a calendar year.
Defender Puyol's contract was due to expire at the end of the season, while midfielder Xavi's ran out the following summer.
Their new deals are set to keep them at Barca for the rest of their careers and underline their commitment to the runaway Primera Division leaders under new coach Tito Vilanova.
"This news means that FC Barcelona has secured its ties with three of its most important players. Over the course of the next few weeks, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez and Leo Messi will all be signing their respective new contracts," the Telegraph quoted a Barcelona statement, as saying.
Messi and Puyol have both won five league titles, three Champions League crowns, two Copa Del Rey titles and two Fifa Club World Cups with the club. Xavi has won six Spanish titles.