Since his debut in 2004, the Argentine brilliance has been a mainstay for Barca.
Lionel Messi appears to be ready to stay at Barcelona as talks over a new two-year contract continue.
The Argentina forward and Barcelona captain’s current contract expires in five days, and he is now negotiating numerous essential parts of new terms.
While his father and agent Jorge Messi works to finalize the contract, Messi is presently with the Argentina squad at the Copa America.
Barca fans will be relieved if Messi signs a new contract. He submitted in a transfer request a year ago, believing he had an agreement that permitted him to depart for free, and it looked like a move to Manchester City was on the cards at the time.
Messi eventually backed down and stated he would stay after then-Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said they would tie him to a €700 million release clause.
Barcelona won the Copa del Rey last season, but were eliminated from the Champions League in the last 16 stage by Paris Saint-Germain.
In La Liga, they came in third place.
Messi, who turned 34 this week, is desperate for Barcelona to strengthen in order to challenge for more championships next season, and is said to be pleased with the purchase of Sergio Aguero from Manchester City as well as pledges from the club’s new president, Joan Laporta.
With the Spanish giants, the Argentine has had a tremendous career, breaking appearance and goalscoring records while winning a slew of trophies. Season by season, his stats, goals, and awards may be seen in the photo gallery above. Click the arrows or swipe if you’re on a mobile device to see the next image.