Lionel Messi has signed a new contract at Barcelona, according to La Liga’s president Javier Tebas.

Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau said the La Liga club would offer him a new lifetime deal but questions still linger over whether Messi has signed any necessary paperwork.

Tebas says Barcelona have informed him a contract has been signed unless he has been “lied to”.

“Messi has a contract which has been renewed,” Tebas told reporters at a Europa Press media event.

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“Contracts are official when they are signed and not when it is announced that they have been signed.

“Messi has signed with Barcelona, if I have not been lied to, he has signed.”

Back in September, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Messi is already playing under a five-year contract signed on behalf of the player by his dad. However, the lack of official confirmation from the La Liga club has caused concern among fans.

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In Guillem Balague’s Q&A with Sky Sports on October 20, he said: “Messi is getting paid according to the new contract. All that is missing is the picture with the president.”

The 30-year-old spoke last week of his desire to return to his boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys at some point in his career.

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“The desire is always playing for Newell’s, it is what I dreamed as a kid,” Messi told Argentine channel TyC Sports.

“When I went to the club I imagined playing in the Primera Division, but I do not know what’s going to happen in a few years.

“I cannot say I’m going back because I do not know where I’m going to be.”


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