Lionel Messi has accepted a significant reduction in salary to stay at Barcelona for the next five years, sources told ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.
Messi reportedly reached an agreement with Barcelona on Wednesday over a longer deal than previously anticipated. The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano reported in June that the 34-year-old had accepted a two-year extension, with multiple outlets touting a subsequent move to Major League Soccer.
But Messi has instead committed to the Blaugrana until the age of 39, according to Marsden and Llorens. He has also agreed to cut his salary by 50%, Sport’s Ivan San Antonio reports.
His previous deal reportedly paid up to €138 million per season.
More to come.