The Spanish midfielder's previous contract was up until 2021 but the Catalan giants decided to offer him a new improved deal to place him in the bracket with some of the top earners at the club, as a recognition to his service.
Barcelona fans had mixed reactions over the club's gesture coming after they were beaten in the previous gameweek of the La Liga by Leganes. Here's how they reacted:
Waiting for a defeat to announce the renewal & make fans forget about yesterday.. pic.twitter.com/ZtsLWpVmlp— BarcaCule (@messimistic10) September 27, 2018
Renewed busi so that cules get happy and forget about last night.— 14 Forever (@04Elahi) September 27, 2018
Why!? Didnt Busquets sign a new contract, 8-9 months ago 🤔..— DizzLow (@dizzlow) September 27, 2018
This is sending wrong signals to other players, awaiting to sign their contract extensions..
Best DM of all time. None of that Kante or Makelele nonsense— LM (@CapitanMessi10) September 27, 2018
Own goal to be scored this weekend. . You saw it here first— CHELSEA 2-0 LIVERPOOL⚽️🇬🇭🇳🇬👣👑💲 (@sir_emil_) September 27, 2018
What will he be doing there until 2023?— Offensive! (@MemRoller) September 27, 2018
This news took away yesterday's pain.— Kartik Deka 10 (@iKartik10) September 27, 2018
Good news but his current Form is worrying... Been so dismal in the last 2 games.— K. HERBERT 10 (@Herbert10_Snr) September 27, 2018
Sergio Busquets shd be benched.. He is over pampered.. Let him sit out 10games— Amos Anchor Skido (@AmosSkido) September 27, 2018
Yeah,lets renew Busquets which is showing hes not the same player anymore.— NazisAndJewsAreImpostorsRev.12:9&2:9 (@IbonTheBasque) September 27, 2018
Clueless inepts.Whats next not signing De Jong because we re-signed the overrated Busquets?Geniuses...
#ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT #ValverdeOUT— Yakoub Razki 🇩🇿 (@yakoubrazki23) September 27, 2018
Thank you, Mr. President. The mission has been successfully completed. Only two years have passed and Lionel Messi will become history. History will remind you that in your reign Real Madrid won 5 champions and Messi retired and did not benefit from his tal— 🇦🇪αвɒυℓℓαн🇸🇦 (@Ivanoo_1983) September 27, 2018
Since you become Barça’s president , How many million have you spent ? And how many UCL have you gained ?— FCB ❤️💙 (@ElReyFCB) September 27, 2018
Real Madrid how many have they spent and how many UCL they gained ?
Just think about it please !
We want to see Barça creating “ HISTORY “ !
Worst board in history of football. Resign.— Sniksnakk (@Sniksnakk) September 27, 2018
Do you know I look forward to @RealBetis games than @FCBarcelona, sometimes even @realmadriden these teams play the best football in the league, far better than barca...and believe me I ain't the only one feeling this way. Pls @jmbartomeu fix this mess..— WOLF (@Geraldation2) September 27, 2018
You can sign the best players in the world, but as long as you have an average and tactically myopic manager like Valverde, we won't do shit! We will be lucky to win any trophy this season under Valverde. By end October, we'll be lucky to be in top 4 in the league— Mel (@Meltwittt) September 27, 2018
So we build a team for the future !!!!? Congratulations boss 😂😂😂 . When you want to build a team we build it with players we really need as De Light , De Jong , Pogba , Dolberg and not with 31 years old player with all my respect and love to Busquets .— Pistolero (@barcapep2009) September 27, 2018
He dosent know to tackle or cut the ball , dosent know how to shot or play long pass , he’s not on top 10 midfielders on the world , pirlo at age 36 still have better game statics than him— 2.moro (@clue8888) September 27, 2018
Can he focus now that he got the huge money he asked for?— Haitham Mattar (@HaithamMattar) September 27, 2018
extend all old players' contract— solu (@chudnofskyis) September 27, 2018
let them take away youngsters' playing time
let them "walk" on pitch every game and still get paid big
let them hammered by the fast and strong and physical teams every year in ucl
We'll never win ucl again with this dead loop
30 y-o getting a FIVE year deal! Madness in this day and age. And the buyout clause is irrelevant— Terry Carter (@tcarterisla) September 27, 2018
Busquets has made 490 appearances for Barca in all competitions since making his debut in 2008, meaning that he will soon become the seventh player to surpass 500 games for the club.
Over the past decade, Busquets has won seven La Liga titles, six Copas del Rey and three Champions League trophies, as well as numerous lesser honours.
While the announcement of Busquets' new deal is a timely bit of positive PR from Barcelona just a day after their shocking loss to Leganes. However, most fans were still angry and understood the logic behind making this announcement.
Barcelona will continue their La Liga journey as they take on Athletic Bilbao at home on Saturday.