Barcelona was faced with a very difficult task as Lionel Messi was at the brim of departing from his boyhood club Fc BARCELONA last summer after handing in a transfer request but he could have only left if his €700m release clause was met by another club.
Messi has now reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension at Barcelona, with his salary reduced by 50 per cent under terms of the new deal.
The 34-year-old has now agreed to be be at camp nou for another five years, meaning he will be 39 by the time the renewed contract expires and he will have spent a total of 26 years with the club
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner was officially a free agent as of July 1 after he failed to agree terms over a renewal before his previous Barcelona contract expired on June 30.
However, La Liga president, Javier Tebas and Josep Maria Bartomeu ,Barcelona president, at the time blocked the move, indicating that the clause was only active until June 10 and any suitor would have to pay his €700m release clause in full.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have been the front-running clubs to sign the six time ballon d’or winner.
Argentina victory in the recently concluded Copa America with a goal from Dimaria which led to 1-0 in the final against hosts Brazil brought an end to his wait for a first major international trophy.