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

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

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].

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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.

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

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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.

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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."

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

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.