555 million euros between 2017 and 2021: Messi’s “pharaonic” contract at Barça

Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi’s current contract with FC Barcelona provides more than € 555 million in gross income for Barça captain between November 2017 and June 2021, Spain’s general-interest daily El Mundo revealed yesterday. “The pharaonic contract of Leo Messi which ruins FC Barcelona”, headlined El Mundo, and the daily details the astronomical figures of the contract signed in November 2017 by Messi, at the end of the contract next June.

According to El Mundo, this contract “amounts to 555,237,619 euros gross, to be collected in four seasons (…) until its expiry on June 30. This figure is the sum of his fixed salary, image rights, a series of bonuses of several million euros unpublished to date, fees and a host of bonuses which depend on various objectives ”. “The player has already received 511,290,052 euros, almost 92% of the total to which he aspires”, specifies El Mundo. “The net amount, once all taxes applied (…) and Social Security deductions made, represents more than half of this sum: about 297 million euros”, adds the newspaper. Without counting the image rights, for the year, Messi thus pockets 138.8 million euros gross (74.9 million euros net) according to El Mundo. Or 380,299 euros gross per day (210,297 euros net). Messi’s contract with Barça, 30 pages long, is the “biggest contract in the history of sport”, according to the Spanish daily. It had remained secret until today.

“FC Barcelona categorically denies any responsibility for the publication of the professional contract (of Lionel Messi) and will take legal action against El Mundo,” the club announced yesterday in a statement. Messi wanted to leave Barça in the summer of 2020 after the slap received against Bayern Munich (8-2) in the Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon. He had been forced to stay by former President Josep Maria Bartomeu, who has since resigned.

Source: AFP

Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi’s current contract with FC Barcelona provides more than € 555 million in gross income for Barça captain between November 2017 and June 2021, Spain’s general-interest daily El Mundo revealed yesterday. “The pharaonic contract of Leo Messi which ruins FC Barcelona”, headlined El Mundo, and the daily details the figures …

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