Messi signs new two-year extension with Barcelona
Washington, Feb 8: Lionel Messi has signed a new deal with Spanish giants Barcelona, which would tie the four-times Ballon d'Or winner with the Catalan club till 2018.
Messi would earn a net salary of 14.75 million dollars per year and this is the sixth time in eight seasons that the forward has negotiated a new contract with Barcelona, who is desperate to hold onto its star player, CNN reports.
A statement on the Barcelona website said: "This afternoon Leo Messi extended his contract with FC Barcelona through June 30 of 2018. The signing ceremony was attended by the player, president Sandro Rosell, vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the director of football Andoni Zubizarreta."
The statement further added: "Messi added two additional years to his existing contract, which was set to expire in June of 2016. The player, who joined the club when he was 13 years old and made his first-team debut three years later, will be 31 when his contract expires."
Messi agreed the contract at the end of last year but has only just signed it.
The Argentina star has scored eight times in Barcelona's first five La Liga matches of 2013, including four against Osasuna in a 5-1 win on January 27.
Since making his Barcelona debut in 2003, he has collected three European Champions League crowns, two FIFA Club World Cup titles, five Spanish league championships and two Copa del Rey medals.