Barcelona recently announced that Lionel Messi will stay at the club until 2021 with a newly improved salary of £500,000-per-week deal and also a $854m buy-out clause. This will make Lionel Messi the highest paid footballer in Europe at the moment this 2018.
With all that he has achieved for and with FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi’s new salary comes just after speculations arose that he might leave the club due to not signing high profile players that will challenge the likes of eternal rivals Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, e.t.c for the La Liga trophy and Champions League cup.
Prior to Messi’s new salary increase, the maestro former deal was allowed to run down to June 2018. He recently married Antonella Roccuzzo before penning down the mouth watering contract that makes him the highest paid player in Barcelona with a weekly wage of £500,000.
Messi also pockets $123m-a-year. Barca supporters and the Nou camp faithful will now be at ease for the 2018/2019 campaign which will kick start by August.
Any potential suitors or club trying to sign Lionel Messi would have to pay the huge $854m buy-out clause inserted in this his new contract which runs until 2021 with an option of a further year.
Note that he was linked to Premier League sides Man City and French champions PSG who wants the services of the greatest footballer of all time,
Below is a Break-down of Messi’s New Salary in Figures 2017
Yearly salary: $123m-a-year
Weekly wage: £615,000 and $2.4million-a-week in dollars.
Buy-out clause: $854m
A club statement read: ‘FC Barcelona and Leo Messi have agreed on a contract renewal that will keep the Argentinian at the club until June 30th, 2021.
‘The deal will be signed in the coming weeks, when Messi returns to the team for pre-season training.
‘The club is very happy with both the renewal and the commitment of Messi, the best player in history, who has played his full professional career at Barca and has led the team to an era of extraordinary success, the likes of which has never been seen in world football.’
Messi will be 34 in June 2022 when the deal ends if he takes up the extra year. That optional season will not be subject to him playing a certain amount of games the season before.
And the Argentine will be able to increase his earnings by around 20 per cent in total if he wins the La Liga, the Champions League and Ballon d’Or.
Messi scoops $86million in wages, while the rest of the cash comes from image rights.
He is also in line to pick up another $85m bonus if he stays with the Catalans for the duration of his deal.