Written By Onyeka Daniel
After much speculations, Barcelona have finally secured the future of one of their standout players this season as they extended the contract of Uruguay defender, Ronald Araujo.
Araujo was one of the lowest paid players in the club before this new deal but alongside an improved salary, the club also included a release clause of €1 billion to dissuade any club from making a move for the player in the future and to also outline his extreme importance to the club.
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The Uruguayan centre-back extended his contract with Barcelona until the summer of 2026 and took to the Camp Nou pitch beside Joan Laporta today to sign officially. “It’s an enormous happiness to be at the biggest club in the world,” Araujo said during the official contract signing ceremony.
“The happiness is immense. It’s tremendous to be here. I want to thank my parents and my wife. We went through many things, my parents have made many sacrifices.
“This is very important for us. I’m grateful to the club for the reception. The team had a different way of playing, another style, but they helped me and here I am signing my renewal with the best club in the world. Achieving this is enormously satisfying.” He further added.
Born in Rivera, Araujo came through the youth system at Rentistas before sealing a move to Boston River in 2017. A year later he was off to Europe, serving his time with Barcelona B first before breaking into the first team at the start of last season.
The player, who shed tears during the ceremony also talked about his debut for the team and the future of the club. “Last season was difficult for us, but I was happy to get my chance to play in the first team. It is an opportunity to learn more and move forward that’s helped me a lot this season.” “I am sure next season will be a beautiful one for us.”
While he is a fan-favourite now, Araujo’s debut certainly put some doubts into the minds of the Cules as he had come on to replace the injured Jean-Clair Todibo in the 78th minute vs Sevilla, and in less than ten minutes, was sent off for a last-man tackle.
“Playing my first match with Barcelona will always be a great memory, even with the red card I received. I would not let that spoil my joy,” he said speaking about the game.
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