Messi extends contract with Barcelona through 2018
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, scores his second goal against Atletico Madrid during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday. (AP/Bernat Armangue)
Lionel Messi agreed to a new contract with Barcelona on Tuesday that will keep him with the Spanish powerhouse through 2018.
The 25-year-old Messi, a three-time world player of the year, has 90 goals in 2012, surpassing Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record of 85 in a calendar year.
Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol also agreed to new deals with the team.
A statement released by the club said Messi extended his commitment to the club to June 30, 2018. His contract was due to expire on June 30, 2016,
Puyol and Xavi extended theirs to June 2016.
"This news means that FC Barcelona has secured its ties with three of its most important players," the statement said, adding that the contracts would be signed "over the course of the next few weeks."