Lionel Messi to Make Decision on Barcelona Future in May

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 19. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Lionel Messi is expected to sign a new contract at Barcelona next month to keep him at the Camp Nou until 2022, according to reports.

Messi's current deal at the Catalan club expires at the end of next season, in 2018, leading to speculation over whether the 29-year-old will move on to a different club.

The Argentinian has spent his entire career at Barcelona and, according to Spanish radio Cadena SER, Messi's father and agent, Jorge, will finalize a new deal with the club in May.

The deal is reported to be a five-year agreement, running until 2022 when Messi will be 35.

Having begun his career in the first team in 2004, Messi has won 29 major trophies and been named the world's best player five times, collecting the Ballon d'Or award.

This season, Messi has been as prolific as ever, scoring 41 goals in 40 games for Barcelona. But the Catalans remain two points behind rival Real Madrid in the La Liga table.

The Spanish giant is through to the final of the Copa del Rey, though, and faces Juventus in the quarterfinal of the Champions League this month.

Messi and Barcelona face Sevilla at the Camp Nou on Wednesday as they look to put pressure on Real.