Barcelona set to offer Lionel Messi lifetime contract

Lionel Messi is set to be offered the chance to stay at Barcelona for life

Barcelona are set to offer Lionel Messi a lifetime contract at the Nou Camp, according to CEO Oscar Grau.

Messi agreed a four-year deal at the club in July, but he still hasn’t officially signed the deal.

However, Grau told fans at the club’s annual general meeting that Messi – Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer – would be offered the chance to remain at the club for life.

He said: “Messi signed a four-year deal in June, but the club will offer him a lifetime contract.

“The idea is for Leo, who has been here since he was little, to stay here for life as he is an icon. After he finishes playing we want him to remain linked to the club.”

A similar deal was signed by Andres Iniesta earlier this month.