Barcelona agree sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring in his side's match with Valencia on February 3, 2013
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Barcelona announce that they have agreed a deal with Qatar Airways to become the Spanish giants' official sponsor from July this year.

Barcelona have broken their tradition of having no corporate sponsors on their shirts by agreeing a deal with Qatar Airways.

The Spanish giants have confirmed that the reported £25m contract will ensure that the airline's logo will replace charity Qatar Foundation from July 1 on the club's shirts this year.

"We are delighted to be working with Qatar Airways," said club president Sandro Rosell.

"We share lots of values, and one of them is the search for excellence. We have lots of supporters and Qatar have lots of customers."

The Qatar Foundation have sponsored Barca since 2010.

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