Messi gave an interview to Marca where he touched on a number of fascinating topics. We can now laugh those off with 100 percent certainty. The contract signed by the forward this weekend featured one now worth a staggering €700m.
Here are five reasons why it was so important that the Catalan club got Messi to commit.
Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain embrace after Barcelona and Juventus clash
The doubts surrounding Lionel Messi's contract situation finally ended on Saturday when he officially signed his new deal with Barcelona, keeping him at Camp Nou until 2021.
Barcelona announced in July that Messi agreed to a new deal that it would make official "in the coming weeks".
That's your lot for today, Blues, but we'll be back with more of the same tomorrow. Bartomeu said the new contract "is more in line with the current situation in the ever-changing world of football".
Silva: How? 'Mbappe thought he was playing for Monaco!
Mbappe should have had a hat-trick, as his outstanding movement was let down by his surprisingly erratic finishing. The Tunisian striker scored almost identical finishes, as his swivel shot found the far bottom corner of the net.
Just a few hours ago, Messi was rewarded his record-equaling fourth European golden boot for his heroic goalscoring exploits in the 2016/17 season, which saw the 30-year old finish with 37 strikes in the league.
Messi arrived at Barcelona from Newell's Old Boys as a teenager in 2000 and made his first competitive appearance against Espanyol as a 17-year-old.
"As much as I repeat that I am delighted at Atletico, I have a great coach and great team-mates, they regularly ask me about my future".
Meade va por candidatura a la Presidencia
Está casado desde hace 23 años con Juana Cuevas Rodríguez y es padre de tres hijos: Dionisio, José Ángel y Magdalena. El propio José Antonio Meade escribió en su cuenta de Twitter.
While he has never won a major international tournament with Argentina, he has rarely faltered in Catalonia.
Since joining the club at 13, Messi has helped Barcelona to eight Spanish league titles and won the Champions League four times.
It's difficult to pinpoint exactly who that will be but Messi has three players in mind. It's not the first time that we've seen a situation like that of Real Madrid in a top league.
La gente ha comentado elogiando al animal, incluyendo un hombre que publicó una foto del perro con el título: 'Héroe del día'. Un perro se convirtió en héroe y de paso en viral en todo el mundo tras salvar a una mujer de un asalto en Montenegro .
Otro partido, otro gol para Hirving 'El Chucky' Lozano, que sigue firmando una temporada de ensueño con el PSV Eindovhen. El primer gol del duelo lo anotó Jürgen Mattheij al minuto 13 con el que adelantó a los " granjeros ".
Rooney added: "It's our pride, it's not nice to lose games in the manner we lost it, it;'s very disappointing and upsetting". For the players and Unsworth there is a forlorn attempt to present an atmosphere of normality.
Sufrimos mucho cuando nos dijeron que había siete llamadas desde el submarino y después nos dijeron que no era cierto. Y agregó dirigiéndose a Leguizamon: "Ellos son héroes y sé de la vocación enorme que han tenido.
The average Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people costs $50 this year, but for some Charlotte families, it didn't cost them a penny. Orlando shopped Hezonja everywhere before the Halloween deadline to decide on his $5.2 million option for next season.
Bosz ready to fight on
Daniel Caligiuri curled into the top corner and Naldo headed home in the 93rd minute to complete a scarcely believable comeback. PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG was heavily criticised for his role in Borussia Dortmund's derby collapse at the weekend.
Actriz de 'Glee', arrestada por agredir a su marido
El mes pasado, E! Desde entonces, sufrieron varias tormentas, hasta que el 15 de noviembre de 2016 Naya pidió el divorcio. La pareja inició su romance en 2010 aunque tuvieron una ruptura, volvieron y finalmente se casaron en 2014.
Heynckes Refuses To Remain In Bayern Beyond Next Year
The Colombian midfielder was forced to withdraw after a knock to the head and was replaced by Marco Friedl at the interval. Injury-ravaged Bayern doggedly fought back from a 2-0 deficit at the break and could easily have grabbed a draw.
Rescatan a 30 mujeres ligadas a trata
Las 24 han sido atendidas por personal capacitado en el trato a víctimas en la Fiscalía contra la Trata del estado de México . Según esta información, entre las mujeres rescatadas se encontraban 14 inmigrantes de Colombia y Venezuela .