"His contract with Barcelona does not go out until two years from now."
"Still think your club is already on to extend their superstar Lionel Messi, 31 – with a similar livstidskontrakt Andrés Iniesta had before."
"– Leo is a smart person, he knows how to appreciate things, " says club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. "
"Despite the fact that he signed a new contract as late as november 2017, it may soon be time for another extension."
"Lionel Messi's performances on the pitch continue to keep absolutely world class – he is the only player in Europe's five top leagues, which made more than 20 goals this season and Barcelona are dreaming nightmares of losing him when he still has more to give."
"Therefore, here is now the club preparing a new contract, which will keep Messi at the club as long as he plays football. They are said to want to offer him a similar livstidskontrakt that they gave the midfielder Andrés Iniesta a few years ago (even if he later chose to leave for the japanese Vissel Kobe)."
"”the best player”"
"In an interview with the Spanish tv channel Cadena COPE says Barcelona's club president Josep Maria Bartomeu that they are not going to push Messi to sign on."
"– Messi's contract expires in two years, but considering how well he plays, we want to have him remain for many years. Leo is a smart person, he knows how to cherish things, " he says and continues:"
"– When he decides we will to extend his contract. Messi is the best football player."
"He has made 581 goals in 664 appearances for the Catalan team. In his current contract, he has a utköpsklausul worth slightly more than sek 7 billion."