Lionel Messi has officially committed his future to Barcelona after months of speculation by signing a new four-and-a-half year deal with the Spanish giants.
The Barca megastar has finally put pen-to-paper on the contract that had been sitting on the table for some time, and La Blaugrana announced the long awaited news on their Twitter account on Saturday morning.
Messi's new deal comes hot off the heels of the mercurial forward scooping up his fourth European Golden Shoe award on Friday, and puts an end to any rumours about his potential departure from Nou Camp.
The fresh contract is said to include a whopping €700m buyout clause - a fee that will put any potential suitor off trying to prise Messi away from the club he has played for throughout his entire career.
Reports earlier on during Saturday morning had revealed that Messi had refused to discuss matters relating to his new contract during Friday's Golden Shoe ceremony, while Spanish news outlet Marca was forbidden from asking him questions relating to that topic.
Messi, who is Barcelona's most decorated player with 30 trophies and 523 goals in just 602 appearances for the Catalan giants, will next feature for Barca in Sunday's clash with high-flyign Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium.