Details of Messi’s Barcelona contract which is biggest in sports history

Tanya Simon
February 1, 2021

In a weird move, Spanish newspaper El Mundo revealed the star footballer Lionel Messi's contract details on their front page claiming that the figures mentioned are the biggest for a sportsperson in the history, for a deal.

Messi now earns just under $168 million per season.

Messi's current deal expires at the end of the season with the 33-year-old linked with a move to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Barca have threatened to sue El Mundo for publishing confidential information and said they were not responsible for leaking the contract to the newspaper, although Koeman said the club needed to get to the bottom of the issue.

It also claims he received €115,225,000 as a "renewal fee" simply for signing the contract and €77,929,955 as a loyalty bonus, despite trying to leave the club last summer.

Lionel Messi scored his 650th goal for Barcelona while Antoine Griezmann struck the victor in a 2-1 home success over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday, avenging a defeat by the Basque side in the Spanish Super Cup final.

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The newspaper adds that Messi receives further bonuses for playing more than 60 per cent of games throughout the course of a season, as well as progression in the Champions League, winning La Liga or the Copa del Rey, and winning FIFA's The Best award.

The leak comes as Barcelona tries to manage a huge debt created mostly because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Messi has not immediately made any public comments about the report.

"The club expresses its absolute support for Messi, especially in the face of any attempt to discredit his image, and to damage his relationship with the entity where he has worked to become the best player in the world and in football history".

The French global was speaking after goals from himself and Messi earned Barcelona a 2-1 win over Athletic on Sunday night.

Separate from any lawsuit Barcelona may file against the paper, Messi's attorneys are also expected to seek damages on behalf of their client, according to ESPN. New presidential elections are scheduled for March 7.

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