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Lionel Messi will take 50% pay cut to stay with FC Barcelona

Lionel Messi will take 50% pay cut to stay with FC Barcelona
Jun 21, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Argentina midfielder Lionel Messi (10) kicks the ball during the second half for an assist against the United States in the semifinals of the 2016 Copa America Centenario soccer tournament at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is going to remain with Barca by taking a pay cut of 50% as part of his new five-year contract.

Multiple outlets reported the news of Messi’s decision to stay, including Goal:

During an epic tenure with Barcelona that began all the way back in 2000 when he was part of their youth development program, and officially began when he was promoted to their top club in 2004, Messi has risen to epic heights and established himself as one of the best players world football has ever seen.

Across 519 matches played and 464 La Liga starts, Messi has scored 474 goals with 193 assists, averaging just over one goal per 90 minutes.

ESPN Stats & Info further highlighted Messi’s legendary resume:

So, even with Messi slashing his pay by a significant margin, he’s already made more than enough to last several lifetimes after his four-year deal worth a whopping $674 million in total expired on June 30.

Messi became a full-time starter for FC Barcelona in his age-19 season, and since then, they’ve won eight La Liga titles, and three UEFA Champions League trophies.

The fans have to be thrilled that Messi is sticking around, despite the star’s previous public scolding of the club’s management and significant salary reduction. However, with Messi staying at Camp Nou until he’s 39, his presence should still attract premium talent to his side.

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