Barcelona renewing Gerard Pique's contract until 2022

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 19, 2018 07:01 AM
Barcelona renewing Gerard Pique's contract until 2022
FC Barcelona's Gerard Pique, right, heads for the ball next to Espanyol's goalkeeper Diego Lopez during the Spanish Copa del Rey, quarter final, first leg, soccer match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says it has reached a deal to renew Gerard Pique's contract until 2022, adding a buyout clause of 500 million euros ($611 million).

The club says the deal will be formalized in the coming days. His current contract was to expire later this year.

Pique, who will turn 31 in February, began playing with Barcelona in 1997 when he was 10. He joined Manchester United in 2004 and returned to Barcelona in 2008 under coach Pep Guardiola.

He has played more than 420 matches with the Catalan club, scoring 37 goals and winning 25 titles, including three Champions Leagues, six Spanish leagues and three Club World Cups.

Lionel Messi has the club's highest buyout clause, set at 700 million euros ($856 million).

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