President Josep Maria Bartomeu has responded to the wonderful news confirmed on Monday morning that Leo Messi will be staying at FC Barcelona at least until 2021.

“Personally, I was always convinced that he’d renew his contract for the next four years” he said. “This is great news not just for Barça fans, but for the football world in general”.

“Leo Messi’s story is one of loyalty and commitment. He’s the greatest player in football history and has been at Barça since he was just 13. And the story continues. He rose up through the ranks to the first team and ended up a huge success. His commitment to the team and to the club has been apparent for many years and shall continue to be apparent. It’s a lovely story – one of profession, of football and of a love for the Barça colours that Leo will have until the day he stops playing.

“The fact he’s staying for another four years means that things are going well, and will go well, and we are very happy for him and the Barça family”.

Bartomeu also reiterated that “we also renewed Neymar and Suárez’s contracts and it’s not easy to convince such quality players to stay in such a competitive world as that of modern football. A lot of clubs are after our stars, but they want to stay here and keep enjoying this successful era.”

“Leo Messi has always said that he’d like to see out his professional career here at Barça and this contract says it all. It sends out a message of unity between Messi and Barça.”

For the time being, the Argentinian is still enjoying his holiday, his honeymoon no less, but he’ll shortly be reporting back for work “for a new season with new targets. We’ll be ambitious, but with Leo Messi in the team everything is so much easier.”

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