The news the rest of La Liga didn't want to hear has been broken by Barcelona: Leo Messi is staying a Barça player for the next six years. The world's best football player has agreed to sign a new contract with his club to remain at the Nou Camp until 2018, the club have announced.
In fact Barcelona made it a triple celebration as they announced veteran duo Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol were also getting new deals, both running until 2016, at the same time.
Messi's contract renewal in particular will delight fans as he has been in scintillating form this year, having scored 90 goals since the beginning of 2012.
The news of all three players committing their futures to the Catalan club puts a sparkling end to what has been a mixed year for Barcelona.
After years of dominance they finally lost out to Real Madrid in the title race in May and were defeated in the Champions League semifinals by Chelsea. However they also won the Copa del Rey—before legendary coach Pep Guardiola departed the club.
Tito Vilanova's appointment has gone well so far though, with Barcelona sitting nine points clear at the top of La Liga at almost the halfway stage of his debut campaign.
Here's what the next few years could mean for the players and the club now that Messi, Xavi and Puyol are ready to pen their long-term contracts.