Half a billion over four years. Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi’s current contract with FC Barcelona provides for more than 555 million euros in gross income for the Barça captain between November 2017 and June 2021, the Spanish general daily revealed on Sunday. The world. A journalistic tradition of making such dizzying figures as intelligible as possible, so let’s compare. With this sum, the leaders of Barça could have afforded 462.5 million traditional baguettes, 10 Rafales, or have 385 Florent Balmont, midfielder of Dijon, red lantern in Ligue 1, play for four years.
#Exclusive ???? Messi’s pharaonic contract that ruins Barça: € 555,237,619
– THE WORLD (@elmundoes) January 30, 2021
“The pharaonic contract of Leo Messi which ruins FC Barcelona”, title The world. The daily details the astronomical figures of the deal signed in November 2017 by Messi, at the end of the contract next June. According to the daily, this contract “amounts to 555,237,619 euros gross, to be collected in four seasons (…) until its expiry on June 30th. This figure is the sum of his fixed salary, image rights, a series of bonuses of several million euros unseen to date, fees and a host of bonuses that depend on various objectives. The player has already received 511,290,052 euros, almost 92% of the total he aspires to ”, specifies the newspaper.
“The net amount, once all taxes have been applied (…) and social security deductions made, represents more than half of this sum: approximately 297 million euros”, adds the newspaper. Without counting the image rights, for the year, Messi thus pockets 138.8 million euros gross per year (74.9 net). 210,297 net per day.
Messi’s 30-page contract with Barca is the “Biggest contract in the history of sport” ensures the newspaper. It had remained secret until today. The club does not dispute the figures but denies being at the origin of the leaks. “FC Barcelona categorically denies any responsibility for the publication of Lionel Messi’s professional contract and will take legal action against El Mundo ”, announced the club Sunday at midday, 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.