Barcelona are without a doubt one of the most successful clubs to ever grace a Soccer field. The Catalan side have won five UEFA Champions League titles, along with 69 domestic trophies, and have been home to some of the greatest players of the modern era such as Ronaldinho, Luis Figo, Xavi and Lionel messi. With this success comes a great demand from brands who want to have their names affiliated with the prestigious club.

Barcelona obtain new sponsorship

Barcelona have agreed to a new shirt sponsorship deal with Japanese internet retailer Rakuten, thought to be worth €55 million (£47.2m) a year, the club have confirmed. Additional payments of €1.5 million will be awarded to the club every time they win La Liga and a further €5 million every time they win the Champions League.

Barcelona are currently ranked as the second richest soccer club in the world, but for a long period of the clubs history the Catalan side refused to wear any sponsors on their shirt.

Barcelona's new sponsorship deal with the Japanese company is set to start at the beginning of the 2017-2018 campaign, and the initial contract is set for four years with an option to extend to five.Turkish electronics company Beko and US technology company Intel have also agreed to deals with the reigning La Liga champions to feature on different areas of the team's shirt. The new agreement will see Rakuten take over from current shirt sponsors Qatar Airways.

The Barcelona president speaks about the deal and Lionel Messi's contract

Speaking at a press conference regarding the new deal, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu also said he was "positive" that five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with the club.The little Argentinian and Cristiano Ronaldo have been widely regarded as the two best players in the world and Bartomeu wants to see Messi end his career at the Nou Camp.

However, Messi has had difficulties with Spanish authorities this year which has led to speculation about the winger moving abroad.

Messi was convicted of tax fraud this summer and was handed a 21-month suspension sentence for defrauding the Spanish government of over €4 million using off shore accounts between 2007 and 2009. He has again been nominated for this year's Ballon d'Or, alongside the likes of Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez and long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barcelona currently sit on top of their group in the Champions League and sit in second place in La Liga, two points behind leaders Real Madrid.

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