A lifetime contract – contract for the rest of your life.
That is what dreams are made of and they are reserved only for players who achieve god-like status at a single club.
Barcelona are preparing to offer Lionel Messi a lifetime contract, replicating a show of faith they offered to Andres Iniesta earlier this month.
The 30-year-old had agreed the terms of a four-year contract but hadn’t signed the deal. Now the club are expected to set him up for life.
Messi brought up 100 Champions League goals this week scoring in a 3-1 win against Olympiacos.
Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau said Barcelona want to tie Messi up for the rest of his career at the club’s annual general meeting.
“Messi signed a four-year deal in June, but the club will offer him a lifetime contract,” proclaimed Grau.
“The idea is for Leo, who has been here since he was little, to stay here for life because he is an icon. After his playing days we want him to continue to be linked to the club.”
The Argentine joined the famed La Masia academy at the age of 12 and has gone on to become probably the club’s greatest ever player.
He has scored 360 goals in 390 games for the Catalan side, won eight league titles, five Copa del Reys and lifted the Champions League trophy FOUR times.
It looks like the maestro has rediscovered his best form this season with eight goals in 11 games for the club and a crucial hat trick against Ecuador to take Argentina to the World Cup.
It is no surprise the hierarchy at Barcelona want to protect their most-prized asset.
There has been speculation in the last year that Pep Guardiola was looking to poach Messi and get him playing in light blue.
And recent reports suggested the legendary striker is ‘considering’ a move to Manchester.
But Barcelona are doing their best for him to see out his playing days at the Nou Camp and then move upstairs.