Fresh from putting pen to paper on a new deal, Lionel Messi has expressed his delight at extending his time with the club he calls 'home,' reaffirming his desire to finish his career as a one-club player.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been part of a long-winded saga which has surrounded his commitment to the Spanish side, but his new contract - which contains a €700m buyout clause - has expelled all suggestions that he was set to leave Camp Nou.
After signing his new deal on Saturday, Messi told the club's website: “I’m happy to continue with the Club, which is my home.
“My dream was to finish my career at Barça and we are moving down that path.
“The objective is to continue achieving things, fill the club’s trophy cases, and keep making history at Barça. We’ve been lucky enough to have won a great many things and I hope there will be more in the future.”
The 30-year-old joined Barcelona as a fresh-faced 13-year-old and the club's president, Josep Maria Bartomeu is delighted that Messi has committed his career to the club.
He said: “It’s a great contract for the best player in football history. It fills me with pride to see him with us renewing his love for the Club.
“It’s a new contract that we have signed today, because although the one we signed in June was up to par with his greatness as a player, the new one is more in line with the current situation in the ever-changing world of football.
"The buyout clause had to be modified, and it has gone from €300m to €700m,” he added.