Barcelona recently announced that Lionel Messi will not stay at the club due to La Liga and financial reasons. Messi, who was a free agent decided to play for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in a two year deal until 2023 with a newly improved salary of £400,000-per-week deal with other bonuses. This will make Lionel Messi one of the highest paid footballer in Europe at the moment this 2021.
With all that he has achieved for and with FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi’s new salary in PSG comes after leaving the club of his life due to unclear reasons as both La Liga and Laporte deny that they are the cause of Messi leaving Barca and signing for PSG. With this move, Paris Saint-Germain will challenge the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Barcelona, e.t.c for the Champions League cup.
Prior to Messi’s new salary at PSG, the maestro former deal was allowed to run down to June 2021. He is 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 while he was at Barca. Barca supporters and the Nou camp faithful will now be sad to loose Lionel Messi to a rival club that would challenge them for the UEFA champions league. The newly 2021/2022 campaign which will kick start soon without the GOAT in La Liga.
Before now, any potential suitors or club trying to sign Lionel Messi would have had to pay the huge $854m buy-out clause inserted in this his new contract which ran until 2021 with an option of a further year. Note that he was linked to Premier League sides Man City and French champions PSG in the past as they wants the services of the greatest footballer of all time,
Below is a Break-down of Messi’s New PSG Salary in Figures 2021
Yearly salary: €71m-a-year
Weekly wage: €415,000 and $2.4million-a-week in dollars.
Buy-out clause: Nill
Barca club statement on releasing Messi:
“Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of Spanish LaLiga regulations on player registration.
As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.
FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life.”
Messi, 34 will officially ply his trade in Paris and can extend to another 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 Ligue 1 trophy, the Champions League and Ballon d’Or.
Messi scoops €71 million in wages, while the rest of the cash comes from image rights. He is also in line to pick up more bonuses if he achieves other personal goals.