Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with Barcelona which will make him the highest paid player in world football, according to reports.
The club reached an agreement with the player on Friday and Messi has signed a new contract today to confirm he is staying with the La Liga runners-up. A statement on the club's website said: "FC Barcelona would like to announce that Leo Messi and the club signed a revised contract this afternoon.
"The signing took place in the presence of Leo Messi, his father Jorge Messi and the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, as well as the sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre and the club CEO, Antoni Rossich.
"During the signing, which was made in the presidential box at the Camp Nou, Leo Messi repeatedly expressed his excitement about the new deal."
The deal signed by Messi makes him the highest paid footballer in the world, according to reports in Spain.
The Argentina international is reported to now earn €20million a year, or £16.3 million a season, which is more then what Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney take home.
Messi, who has won the Ballon d'Or four times, will lead his country to the World Cup in Brazil where Argentina are one of the favourites to lift the trophy and become world champions.
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