Leo Messi finally signs his Barcelona contract!
Barcelona may not have played on Saturday – they have a huge game at Valencia on Sunday night in La Liga – but there was some super news for the Catalans.
The La Liga leaders officially announced that Messi had signed a new contract until 2021 in June of this year.
However, there was no picture of Messi signing the deal, nor confirmation from the camp of the Argentine superstar.
So, today’s news is a huge announcement for Barcelona – to secure the long term future of arguably the greatest player that ever lived.
To add to their security over Messi, bearing in mind how Neymar left for PSG last summer, his new release clause is 700 million euros!
Leo Messi on Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid
In addition to signing his new deal, Messi also received the European Golden Boot on Friday.
Messi gave an interview to Marca where he touched on a number of fascinating topics.
These included Real Madrid’s current La Liga slump (before the win over Malaga today). And, his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi was asked about the “crisis at Real Madrid”, he answered: “It’s only temporary. It’s not the first time that we’ve seen a situation like that of Real Madrid in a top league. In the end, they will be back fighting for everything because of the team they have, because of the players they have and because they have always been like that.”
Can Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo ever be friends?
Marca also asked Messi about whether he could be friends with Cristiano Ronaldo, a proposition that was put forward by the Portuguese superstar in a recent interview.
Messi: “I don’t know if we will be. Friendship is built through spending time together and getting to know each other. We have no relationship, mainly because we only see each other at awards ceremonies and that’s the only time we speak. Everything is fine, but our lives don’t cross over very often.”
How Neymar’s exit made Barcelona a better team
Perhaps the most fascinating part of the Leo Messi interview is his discussion of why Barcelona are now such a good defensive team.
This season, Barcelona have conceded just four goals in 12 La Liga matches. And, one goal in five Champions League matches.
Messi: “Neymar’s departure has caused the way we play to change. We lost a great deal of offensive potential but it favoured us in a defensive sense. Currently we are most well-armed in the middle of the field, we have more balance and that makes us stronger defensively.”