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A Full Breakdown Of Lionel Messi's 'Leaked' Barcelona Contract Labelled The Biggest In Sports History

Jack Kenmare

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A Full Breakdown Of Lionel Messi's 'Leaked' Barcelona Contract Labelled The Biggest In Sports History

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We knew Lionel Messi was earning a serious amount of cash at Barcelona - the club he has played for his entire career - but we didn't realise he was getting paid this much.

A copy of the 33-year-old's enormous contract at the Catalan club has been obtained by Spanish publication El Mundo, who claim the six-time Ballon d'Or winner earns a maximum of €555,237,619 [£491,732,285.73] over four seasons if a series of conditions are met.

Image: PA
Image: PA

On top of that, Messi's four-year deal at the Camp Nou included a signing-on bonus of €115,225,000 [£102,046,134.28] for accepting the initial renewal, and a massive loyalty bonus of €77,929,955 [£69,016,712.10].

That means with just five months left on the deal agreed between club and player in November 2017, the player has already earned €511,540,545 [£453,033,066.98] - although he would have had to pay around half of that amount in taxes.

If you breakdown those numbers, the Argentine forward rakes in a reported €138,000,000 [£122,216,242.40] per season and, if those numbers are indeed correct, it would confirm Messi is in possession of the biggest deal in sports history.

We told you it was a serious amount of cash.

Messi's contract leak at the Camp Nou has certainly got people talking on social media.

Messi's big-money contract, revealed by El Mundo from a 30-page document, is set to expire on June 30th this year.

And it looks increasingly likely that the forward will depart Barcelona after months of discontent. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner was involved in a public transfer saga with the Catalan giants last summer and nearly left the club after 20 years of service.

He opted to stay to avoid a legal battle with his employers of two decades but in a tell-all interview with La Sexta in December, Messi revealed numerous lawyers informed him he'd have won any form of court case.

"Leaving for free last summer? I knew that if we went to court, we would have won. Not just one lawyer told me that, many did. But I didn't want to leave in that way.

"I will not negotiate with other clubs. I will wait for the season to end and in June I will decide."

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Messi, Lionel Messi, La Liga

Jack Kenmare
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