One of the greatest football players ever, Lionel Messi has agreed a new contract with Spanish giants, Barcelona. The deal will keep the Argentina international at the Nou Camp until 2018. The Spanish side, who continue to plan their future brightly through their academy, have also kept a leash on defender Carlos Puyol and midfield architect, Xavi, until the year 2016.
Lionel 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. Ever since then, the maestro has shaken the football world with his skill, ability and trickery taking main stage.
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.
Not to state the obvious, but it is a very wise move by the Catalan side. Messi is in contention to be named World Player of the Year for a fourth time, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta.
Barcelona are in a strong position to claim a 22nd La Liga title this season, having a nine-point lead at the top of the table, winning 15 of the 16 games they have played so far this season. All of which, despite a managerial change in the summer.