Messi's €555m Barcelona contract leak
This week, Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona shook the sports world, when the largest contract in the history of sport leaked, and its details became known. Yes, it is higher than the $430 million agreed upon, between Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout, or the $503 million that the Kansas City Chiefs offered to quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The astronomical figures threaten to end a relationship that have already showed cracks everywhere. The contract signed in 2017 and is valid until this summer of 2021, reveals the incredible amount of €555 million to be paid to Messi. Its revelation was the result of an arduous investigation by the newspaper El Mundo.
“The feeling we have is one of deep sorrow. We are very sad to see what this club we love so much has become” is the statement that emerged from the environment of Barça’s captain.
The terms of the contract have become the major point of contention between the candidates for the presidency in the elections of March 7. Adding to that, the famous controversy that led to the agreement between the two sides for the player to leave this summer and for the club not to ask for any sort of compensation, and you have the main reasons behind the team’s poor condition.
The information reveals that:
1.-Messi receives €138 million euros per season. The sum includes a fixed remuneration and per case bonus payments. The total amount for the duration of the contract comes up to €555,237,619. As per the article of El Mundo, 92% of it has already been paid.
2.-There are two bonuses: one for accepting a renewal, which comes up to €115,225,000, while another €77,929,995 are to be paid for loyalty.
The contract expires on June 30. Given the aforementioned agreement between Messi and Laporta and that the latter is heavily involved with the presidential election, to focus on offering a persuasive package for him to stay, it seems unlikely that La Pulga will remain in Catalonia.
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and Mauricio Pochettino's Paris Saint Germain are two of the most likely candidates for the Argentinian to continue his career. However, these clubs will hardly offer a contract like the one disclosed by El Mundo. Keep in mind that contracts of this magnitude always launch an investigation from UEFA on financial fair play and that all teams involved with this footballer’s career have already been investigated and banned from signing players in the past.
What lies ahead?
Only someone that has been living on a different plant, can deny Messi’s contribution to the club or his non-quantifiable worth. Ever since the Argentinian joined the club 17 years ago, he has been a part of:
- a club-record 33 trophies
- 10 La Liga titles
- 6 Copas del Rey
- 4 out of 5 UEFA Champions League titles
Barcelona's core problem is not how much Messi gets paid. It is its mismanagement. In particular, the erratic transfer policy. The club has invested over a billion in over five years to sign up players like Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann, besides renewing contracts with the most emblematic players at off-market prices.
All this, has left Barça in a critical situation, aggravated by the effects of Covid-19. How will this end, is anyone’s guess. What we can definitely predict for the future is that it will affect the odds offered by all the highly specialized bookmakers that we cooperate with. What you need to do, is to select the one that best suits your needs.