Lionel Messi Barcelona remarry : Best footballer to extend contract until 2018; Puyol, Xavi too

Lionel Messi has agreed a new contract with Barcelona, keeping the best footballer at the best club of the world until 2018. Barcelona also inked new contracts with veteran Barca players Xavi and Puyol. FC barcelona News

Lionel Messi Barcelona remarry

Lionel Messi Barcelona remarry

Lionel Messi has agreed a new contract with Barcelona, keeping the best footballer at the best club of the world until 2018. Barcelona also inked new contracts with veteran Barca players Xavi and Puyol. FC barcelona News

Barcelona / NationalTurk – The Argentina international sensation who has enjoyed a record-breaking year for Barcelona, scoring 90 goals in 2012 with only 25 years of age.

Barcelona’s trademark players; captains of the great team; defender Carles Puyol, 34, and midfielder Xavi Hernandez, 32, have also been blessed with new deals that will keep them at the Spanish giants until 2016.

“In the coming weeks Puyol, Xavi and Messi will sign their respective new contracts,” Barcelona confirmed online and then officially.

Swansea boss and ex-Barcelona playmaker Michael Laudrup praises Messi

“Messi is already, for me, one of the top of all time. He is out of this world and in a class of his own, but he is also playing in that team too. Let’s see if he could be number one. He is up there with the greatest – Maradona, Pele and all those.”

‘ New contracts with Messi, Puyol and Xavi mean that FC Barcelona has secured its ties with three of its most important players.”

Lionel Messi’s current deal would expire in June 2016, with Puyol’s running until 2013 and Xavi until 2014. All three players are products of the Barcelona’s famed football academy.

Messi has been with Barcelona since he was 13 and made his league debut as a 17-year-old against RCD Espanyol on 16 October 2004.
He has been in the best goal-scoring form of his career in 2012 and surpassed Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old record of 85 goals scored in a calendar year with a brace in a 2-1 win over Real Betis on 9 December.

Messi took his tally for the year to 90 on Sunday with another two goals as Barcelona defeated Atletico Madrid 4-1.

Scoring a goal is no more an achievment for Messi since he has scored twice in each of the last eight games he has started.

Messi is in contention to be named World Player of the Year for a fourth time, having been included on a three-man shortlist alongside Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta.

Puyol, meanwhile, made his Barcelona debut in 1999 before becoming captain in 2004 – the same year Messi made his league debut.

He has made over 560 appearances and captained the club to three Champions League, five La Liga and two Copa del Rey titles.

Xavi is the longest-serving Barcelona player of the three, having made his debut in 1998. He holds the record for the most appearances with the club with 651.

Messi salary and earnings at Barcelona and privately

2012 Earnings: €33 Million (£27.5m)
2011 Earnings: €31 Million
Net worth: $110 Million – (estimated)

The Barcelona star topped his €33 million earnings from the Spanish giants with sponsorship deals from the likes of Adidas and Pepsi.

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