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    Lionel Messi signs new contract with Barcelona until 2018

    World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with Barcelona which ties him until June 30 2018.

    Madrid: World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with Barcelona which ties him until June 30 2018, the Spanish league leaders said on Thursday.

    The 25-year-old penned a deal agreed in December, which includes a two-year extension on his previous agreement and secures his services until he is 31.

    The Argentina captain joined Barcelona's youth academy as a 13-year-old and made his first-team debut at 16.

    Messi is Barca's leading scorer of all time, he has been the top scorer in the Champions League for the last four years and racked up a calendar year record 91 goals for club and country in 2012.

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