Messi extends contract with Barcelona until 2016

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Argentina superstar Lionel Messi signed on Friday a two-year contract extension with Barcelona until the summer of 2016.

The 22-year-old becomes the best paid player at the club while his minimum release clause has increased from €150 million to €250 million.

According to Spanish daily Marca, Messi would be earning €10.5 million a year after tax.

"I want to spend all my career here, in Barcelona, if it's possible," Messi told the club's official website. "I would love to finish at Barcelona.

"This contract is a result of everything that happened last year and of what I have done since coming into the first team.

"I am simply one more person in this spectacular group of players, where there is a team that is very nice, very united and in which I am simply part of continuing to win things."

Barça supremo Joan Laporta added: "This is the best news Barça can receive today.

"It is important to have a player with his human qualities and his football ability. This deal recognises all that he gives to Barcelona.

"It is impossible to imagine the team without a player like Messi. We expect Leo to retire here with Barça."

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