Wednesday 05 July 2017, 12:15

Messi agrees four-year Barcelona extension

  • Barcelona and Lionel Messi agree on new deal

  • Contract will run until 2021

  • Messi set to sign once he returns from pre-season

Barcelona have secured the services of talisman Lionel Messi until 2021, the Spanish La Liga side have announced.

Voted as FIFA's best men's player on five occasions, the Argentinian forward will sign a new deal in the coming weeks once he returns for pre-season training, having agreed terms on a new contract for the 30-year-old - which will see his association with the Catalan club extend beyond two decades. Earlier this year he scored his 500th goal for the side.

Having made his debut aged just 17 back in October 2004, Messi went on to dazzle at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2005, leading Argentina to the title and winning the adidas Golden Ball and Golden Boot. Since, he has helped Barcelona to three FIFA Club World Cup titles 2009, 2011 and 2015, having clinched the UEFA Champions League on four occasions.

In reaching the Final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, Messi's silver medal - following defeat to Germany - was accompanied by another adidas Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament, while he has also been named in every FIFA FIFPro World XI since 2007.