Updated: December 18, 2012 2:42 AM | By The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

Messi signs new contract with Barcelona to 2018

Messi signs new contract with Barcelona to 2018

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, scores his second goal against Atletico Madrid during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

BARCELONA, Spain - Barcelona says Argentina forward Lionel Messi has signed a new contract through 2018.

Messi, the three-time world player of the year, has scored 90 goals in 2012 — a world record for a calendar year.

Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol have also agreed to new deals with the Spanish giant.

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