Lionel Messi agrees new Barcelona deal
Argentina international extends deal until 2018
Lionel Messi has agreed a new contract to remain at Barcelona until 2018.
The Argentinian international will put pen to paper on the deal "in the coming weeks" according to his club.
The Catalans have also announced that Spanish duo Xavi and Carles Puyol had agreed extensions until 2016.
The new contract for Messi means the world's greatest player will remain at the Nou Camp beyond his 31st birthday - leading to an assumption that he will see out his career at the Spanish club.
The forward has enjoyed an incredible year, even by his own standards, surpassing a 40-year-old landmark of 85 goals in a calendar year set by Gerd Muller.
While every club in the world would want to buy Messi, there has never been any talk of the 25-year-old exiting Barcelona, with the three-time Ballon d'Or winner showing refreshing loyalty to his club.
Details of the contracts for the three players have not been revealed, but board spokesman Toni Freixa said "some had been improved and others not".
He added to reporters: "This is extraordinary news that Barca are celebrating."
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre