x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Lionel Messi agrees new contract to stay at Barcelona until 2018

The Argentine midfielder, who broke the record for most goals in a calendar year, is set to sign the new deal 'in the coming weeks'.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Atletico Madrid.

Lionel Messi has agreed a new contract to keep him at Barcelona until 2018.

The Catalan giants confirmed on their official website the Argentinian would pen the deal "in the coming weeks".

Messi's current deal runs until June 2016 and the new agreement will keep him at the Nou Camp beyond his 31st birthday.

The forward has enjoyed an extraordinary year, even by his own remarkable standards, netting his 89th and 90th goals of 2012 at the weekend.

The 25-year-old had already surpassed Gerd Muller's 40-year-old record of 85 goals in a calendar year.

He is also in contention to claim a fourth successive Fifa Ballon d'Or crown, being named on a three-man shortlist alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and teammate Andres Iniesta.

Barca also revealed Xavi and Carles Puyol had agreed extensions until 2016.

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