Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 2/7/13
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has signed his two-year contract extension which ties him to the Nou Camp until June 2018. The Argentina superstar put pen to paper on his new deal at the Nou Camp on Thursday afternoon. Messi follows in the footsteps of fellow club stalwarts Xavi and Carles Puyol, both of whom signed their extensions last month. Barca announced in December they had agreed new contracts with the trio. Barca defender Jordi Alba is delighted Messi, who will be 31 when his new deal expires, has committed his long-term future to the club. "I can't imagine what Messi will be like in 2018, but it's great news for Barca fans that he's staying," said the Spain international. "He is the best player in the world and as long as nothing happens, he'll be the best ever. We'll try to make him feel as comfortable here as we can." Messi, 25, came up through the youth ranks at Barca before making his competitive debut against Espanyol in 2004 at the age of 17. Since then he has...
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