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Lionel Messi agrees new Barcelona contract

The forward's previous deal was due to expire in 2018, with the three-year extension ensuring he is contracted at Camp Nou for at least the next four years.

Formal signing of the contract is set to take place after Messi, currently on honeymoon after his wedding to Antonella Roccuzzo, has returned for pre-season training.

Barca hailed the Argentina international as they announced the deal, labelling him "the best player in history".

Social media reacts as Barcelona, Lionel Messi snatch victory

For Barcelona, it was the perfect script. Messi's goal with the last kick of the game, the 500th of his career, helped bury rivals Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo. The 3-2 victory saw Luis Enrique's side leapfrog "Los Blancos" at the top of the table as the season enters its final stages.

In a seesaw game, Casemiro gave Madrid the lead before Messi leveled. A thunderous strike from Croatian Ivan Rakitic gave Barcelona the advantage, before James Rodriguez seemed to have secured a point for 10-man Madrid with five minutes remaining.

Lionel Messi wins El Clasico for Barcelona in stoppage time

The counter-attacking goal came in stoppage time of a thrilling clash with Real Madrid that saw a bloodied Messi double up, Sergio Ramos get sent off for a two-footed challenge, Ivan Rakitic score a stunner and James Rodrgiuez charge off the bench and straight into the goals.

Messi's winner was obviously the most pivotal, but perhaps not even his best highlight of the game.

Real's Casemiro controversially opened the scoring when he knocked home a rebound off the post, before Messi produced his masterpiece.

Neymar sent off as Malaga shock 10-man Barca

The current Spanish champions were given a boost after Real's 1-1 draw with city rivals Atletico earlier.

However, a first-half strike from ex-Barcelona forward Sandro Ramirez and a late effort from Jony Rodriguez ended their hopes.

Forward Neymar was sent off in the 65th minute after receiving a second yellow.

Pochettino rules out Barca job

Pochettino has been linked with the job at the Nou Camp, with Luis Enrique confirming he will leave the Catalan side in the summer, and the Spurs boss was the subject of more rumours after he was reportedly seen with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu during the international break.

Messi double saves erratic Barca

In a very erratic performance, Barca fell behind early on to an Eliaquim Mangala header but levelled the game through Luis Suarez. Mangala then went from hero to villain as he was sent off for a professional foul on Suarez and Messi scored from the penalty spot.

However, Luis Enrique's men struggled to adapt defensively to their 3-4-3 formation and Munir, who is on loan at Valencia from Barca, sensationally equalised just before half-time. The visitors dug in, but Messi and Andre Gomes scored in the second half to win the points.

PSG rout Barca to take control

In one of the most remarkable performances in the competition's history, the Ligue 1 champions completely dominated Barca at the Parc des Princes, taking the lead through Di Maria's free-kick after 18 minutes.

Julian Draxler added a second in the 40th minute before Di Maria curled home their third from the edge of the box 10 minutes after half-time.

Edinson Cavani sealed the rout with a low strike to put PSG in a formidable position ahead of the second leg at the Nou Camp on March 8.

Barca in final after thriller

The game saw three red cards, two goals, one missed penalty as well as two disallowed goals, but with a 1-1 draw on the night, it was the current holders of the trophy who made the final on May 27.

Luis Suarez gave Barcelona the lead with two minutes of the first half to play, with the hosts going down to 10 men 12 minutes after the restart with a second yellow card for Sergi Roberto before Yannick Ferreira Carrasco followed suit not long after.

Barcelona signs sponsorship deal with Rakuten

It is one of the biggest football shirt sponsorships yet seen and could make Barcelona wealthier than Real Madrid, currently the world's richest club.

The deal will begin with the 2017-18 season and last for four years.

It will earn the club at least £188m in that time, with more to come if the team wins the Spanish championship or the Champions League.

"This agreement puts us at the forefront of sports club sponsorships, which has always been an objective for the current board of directors," said the Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Barcelona's Ter Stegen sorry for errors

Marc-Andre ter Stegen has apologised to his Barcelona team-mates after the goalkeeper's mistakes helped Celta Vigo record a dramatic 4-3 victory at Balaidos, preventing Luis Enrique's men from going top of LaLiga.

The champions – who also lost at Celta last season – fell three goals behind in a dreadful first half that saw a poor clearance from Ter Stegen contribute to the hosts' opening goal through Pione Sisto.