ATLANTA, GEORGIA—After much talk, reliable sources said Argentine forward Lionel Messi has agreed to a new five-year deal with FC Barcelona.
The said sources said Messi has also decided to cut his pay in his new deal to the La Liga team.
It can be recalled that the 34-year-old’s previous contract, which was worth over €500 million ($594m) over four years, expired at the stroke of midnight on June 30.
After his contract expired many people speculated that Messi will decide to play somewhere else.
However, after careful thinking, Messi eventually decided to sign a new deal with Barca.
Aside from his desire to continue playing for FCB, one reason Messi decided to re-sign with the soccer club is due to the return of Joan Laporta as FC Barcelona president in March.
Sources further said an official announcement on Messi’s new contract is expected in the coming days.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.