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Messi signs 2-year contract extension with Barcelona

sports Updated: Sep 18, 2009 21:37 IST
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Lionel Messi has extended his contract with European champion Barcelona.

Barcelona says in a statement on its Web site that "the Argentina forward's new agreement runs until 2016 and has a buy-out clause of euro250 million ($368 million) included."

The 22-year-old Messi's previous contract was to expire in 2014 with a buy-out clause of euro150 million ($220 million). Messi was a key player in the Barcelona team which won the Spanish league, Copa del Rey and Champions League last season, making him a likely top candidate for the Footballer of the Year prize this year.

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