Reports: Lionel Messi signs five-year Barcelona contract

Reports have emerged in Spain that Lionel Messi is extending his stay at Barcelona by signing a five-year contract, ending debates and rumors about where the Argentine superstar will end his playing career.

Messi will take a pay cut to stay at Camp Nou according to La Vanguardia and ESPN on Wednesday.

Barcelona’s top scorer recently returned to Spain after winning the Copa America with Argentina and has been set to fill a loophole with the club for more than a year when he asked to leave the club after falling out with the meeting room on how the club was being run. He’s technically a free agent as his contract expired last month, but now he looks set to end his career with the Catalans.

Since Joan Laporta’s return as Barca president, hostilities with Mess have calmed down and the club have tried to reduce their payroll in order to keep him and stay within La Liga’s strict financial control rules.

La Liga boss Javier Tebas said last week that Barcelona, ​​who have a total debt of over € 1 billion, would show no leniency.

The club have tried to rebuild the squad with Junior Firpo, Jean-Clair Todibo and Carles Alena sold to make way for free signings from Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia.

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