Barcelona Have To Pay Lionel Messi £170,000-A-Week Until 2025
Lionel Messi will still be receiving around £170,000-a-week from Barcelona until 2025 even if he leaves the club.
The Blaugrana's talisman and all-time top scorer's contract at the Nou Camp comes to an end in the summer and his future is still up in the air.
But even if he leaves Catalonia, Messi is still in line to be on Barca's pay-roll for a further four years.
According to La Vanguardia via MARCA, the contract Messi signed in 2017 saw his yearly wage increased by €100 million euros but also a whopping €78 million bonus payment.
It was arranged that this sum would be paid in two installments of €39 million but with Barca's dire financial situation, there have been a whole host of delays and the first sum was only paid in July.
According to the report, Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is in line to bank another €39million) at the end of the current season.- Legit.ng (@legitngnews) January 12, 2021
That means the Spanish club could still be paying him in 2025. https://t.co/w8YbdWbyTF
The second is set to be scheduled once the 2020/21 season is finished but it won't be paid in full. Instead it will be split across eight payments over a four-year period, - meaning Messi will still be among Barca's highest-earners in 2025 even if he's moved on.
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Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are still being linked with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, with the latter reportedly looking at including a special 'golden retirement' clause in his contract.
According to Spanish outlet Todofichajes, the clause would see Messi, 33, play under compatriot Mauricio Pochettino in the French capital for a few years before moving to David Beckham's MLS franchise Inter Miami and ending his career there.
Agusti Benedito, one of the club's presidential candidates, believes the club captain is nailed on to leave.
He told ESPN: "Remember that in August he said he wanted to leave after 20 years and now he's still not cleared up what he wants to do. The most likely outcome I see is that he leaves us in the summer."
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