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Lionel Messi signs new Barcelona contract until 2021 with staggering release clause needed to trigger transfer

Barcelona have finally announced Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with the club, keeping him at the Nou Camp until 2021 and with a bumper new release clause.

The club’s official site has confirmed the deal, with his release clause set at a whopping €700million to frighten off potential suitors.

AS recently linked Messi with a huge transfer to Premier League giants Manchester City, but it looks like his love affair with Barcelona will continue for much of the rest of his career.

Regarded as perhaps the greatest footballer of all time, Messi has been a first-team regular for Barcelona for over a decade now, scoring 523 goals in 602 appearances for Los Cules.

In that time, Messi has also won eight La Liga titles and four Champions League titles among other major honours.

Individually, the 30-year-old has also won the Ballon d’Or on five occasions, developing a notable rivalry with Real Madrid counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Lionel Messi has had a glorious career with Barcelona

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Lionel Messi has guided Barcelona to a host of major trophies, including two treble victories

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Lionel Messi’s new contract will be a huge relief for Barcelona fans

Barca fans will be relieved to see Messi’s situation resolved at last, in what will surely go down as one of the most important moves they could make in the transfer market at the moment.

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