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Football: Messi agrees new Barca deal

Published on May 16, 2014 7:15 PM
A picture taken on Jan 8, 2014 shows Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrating his goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) football match Barcelona vs Getafe at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Barcelona and Lionel Messi have agreed an improved contract for the four-time World Player of the Year, the La Liga football club said on Friday.

Barca did not publish details of the deal, which replaces the current contract that is due to expire at the end of June 2018, but are expected to have enhanced Messi's status as one of the best-paid players in the game.

Local media reported that Messi would be tied to the club for a further year, to June 2019, and would be paid 20 million euros (S$34.2 million) a season plus a possible five million extra in performance-linked bonuses.

"FC Barcelona has reached an agreement to adjust the terms in the contract binding Leo Messi to the club as a professional first-team player," Barca said in a brief statement. "The revised and updated contract will be signed over the next few days," they added.

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