Barcelona are resigned to losing their number one goalkeeper after Victor Valdes told club officials that he will not renew his current deal which expires in 2014. The number two choice, Jose Manuel Pinto, is staying at the Nou Camp, however. He signed a short term extension which also lasts until 2014, when he will be 39-years old. He has been with Barca since 2008, and offers stability when called upon.
A more important contract renewal for the club came last week as Lionel Messi committed his future to the club until 2018, a two year extension on the previous deal. That means he will be 31-years old when the contract runs out. It is staggering to think what he could have achieved in that time. Leo set the record for La Liga goals scored in a season last year with 50. Many thought it would never be beaten but at his current rate, Messi is on course for 58 this time.
The club and player have not changed the buy out clause of €250 million, but even if a club were to trigger it, which is highly unlikely with the new Financial Fair Play rules, it is clear that Messi would love to play his whole career with Barcelona.
He has won everything possible with Barca, but has yet to pick up top honours with his country Argentina, other than an Olympic gold medal in 2008. Messi will be hoping to fire Argentina to World cup glory in Rio De Janeiro next summer, although he should get at least one more chance after that in 2018. There is also the Copa America in 2015 to complete his haul of medals.