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Messi pens restructured Barcelona contract

Messi signs restructured Barcelona contract to become world's best-paid football player

Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, left, and Atletico's Gabi challenge for the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona a...
Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, right, looks on during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp No...
Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina puts his hand on his mouth during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at t...

Spain Soccer La Liga

Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, left, and Atletico's Gabi challenge for the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona a...

Spain Soccer La Liga

Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, right, looks on during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp No...

Spain Soccer La Liga

Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina puts his hand on his mouth during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at t...

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Lionel Messi has signed a restructured contract extension with Barcelona that reportedly makes the Argentina international the world's highest-paid football player.

Barcelona had originally announced the deal on Friday and says it was officially signed on Monday. The Catalan club says Messi "was very motivated by the deal."

The 26-year-old Messi will earn a reported $27 million per season with further incentives able to drive the deal up to $34 million per year until the contract ends in 2017-18 -- surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo's deal with Real Madrid. Messi also has a buy-out clause of $343 million.

Messi's previous contract ran through the 2017-18 season and was worth a reported $22 million per season.

Messi's deal comes two days after Barcelona lost its Spanish league title to Atletico Madrid following a 1-1 draw between the teams at its Camp Nou Stadium.


Updated : 2021-07-27 07:49 GMT+08:00