Without the coronavirus epidemic and in camera clashes, the financial model of the Barça might have lasted another year. Not sure as the debt of the Catalan club has increased for exceed one billion euros. This Sunday the Spanish press pinned one of the reasons for this unprecedented financial crisis: Lionel Messi.
And more particularly the “pharaonic” contract signed by the Argentinian in November 2017 to guarantee his presence for four additional years, until June 2021.
The newspaper The world got his hands on the precious document and thus reveals an overall amount of 555,237,619 euros affected by the six-fold Golden Ball for this final extension with the Blaugrana team, or about 138 million euros per season. In addition to an annual fixed salary of around 61 million euros, the 33-year-old striker has also received nearly 11 million € per year for his image rights.
Free next June
Free next June, after 17 years in the first team, Lionel Messi in particular pocketed an incredible check in the amount to sign his contract. Already courted by the biggest European clubs, “La Pulga” was able to impose a signing bonus of 115,225,000 euros on the then president Josep Bartomeu.
In the same way, the Albiceleste International (142 selections) benefited from particularly advantageous conditions at the level of loyalty bonus by collecting 77,929,555 euros additional. In addition to these already exceptional figures, there are bonuses based on the team’s results in La Liga and the Champions League.
A more than mixed sports record
If the Catalan club has won four trophies since the juicy extension of its star, it was limited to Spain with two crownings in the league, another in the Copa del Rey and a last in the Supercopa (touching in passing nearly 6 , 1 million premiums).
Since 2017, however, it is much more difficult in C1 with two remonstrances suffered against Roma (in quarters in 2018) then Liverpool (in the semifinals in 2019) and the historic rout last season against Bayern (2-8).
Anxious to leave Barça in the summer of 2020, Lionel Messi was finally retained by management after several weeks of tension. A decision sometimes misunderstood by some former Barça as Rivaldo who are already afraid of seeing him leave for free next June. Notice to interested clubs, recruiting the Argentine it costs an arm.