Messi’s new contract has a buyout clause of $835 million.
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Lionel Messi hopes to finish his career at Barcelona after ending months of speculation Saturday by signing a contract extension to 2021, sealing an agreement reached in July, the club announced.Barca had said in the summer that Messi, 30, had committed his future to the club but the Argentine had not signed the new deal.With his previous contract set to expire in 2018, Messi could have left Barca for free next summer had he not extended his deal.Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu said the club needed to change the deal agreed in June to increase Messi's buyout clause to 700 million euros ($835 million) and prevent the danger of a repeat of Neymar's departure when Paris Saint-Germain paid the Brazilian's 222 million-euro buyout clause in August.
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