Lionel Messi signed his new and improved contract with Barcelona, to the delight of the player’s fans and pay per head sportsbooks.
Price per head services saw that last year, the Argentine superstar extended his stay with Barca until 2018, and he was long anticipated to agree on an improved contract that would turn him into the highest-paid player in football.
There was an agreement reached on Friday, despite Messi having been involved in a slinging match in December with Javier Faus after Barca’s vice-president said that he didn’t see a reason why the club should improve the Argentine’s contract “every six months.”
The player hit back by saying that Faus is a businessman “who knows nothing about football”, and now he signed, having reached the 40-goal mark for the fifth consecutive season, impressing many fans and pay per head sportsbooks.
On Monday, a club statement read: “FC Barcelona would like to announce that Leo Messi and the club signed a revised contract this afternoon.
“The signing took place in the presence of Leo Messi, his father Jorge Messi and the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, as well as the sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre and the club CEO, Antoni Rossich.
“During the signing, which was made in the Presidential Box at the Camp Nou, Leo Messi repeatedly expressed his excitement about the new deal.”
But pay per head sportsbooks saw that despite Messi’s continued superiority on the pitch, he was not able to inspire the Catalan giants to a last-day victory over Atletico Madrid, which would have seen Barca win the Liga title.
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Atletico won the trophy after their 1-1 draw with Barca, which meant that it was the end of Gerardo Martino’s reign at Camp Nou. Pay per head sportsbooks saw that immediately afterwards, the coach announced his departure, by mutual consent with the club.
Pay per head sportsbooks can see that Messi is very committed to Barca, and wonder how he will continue to perform for the Catalan side.