Barcelona have made a huge financial sacrifice to keep Messi at the Camp Nou. But who can blame them? The Argentine’s renewal is complete and has finally been made official.
A player who comes around once, at most twice, in a lifetime, Messi will be bound to Barcelona until 2021 and his buy-out clause will be of 300 million euros (£264m), though the latter is yet to be confirmed by the club.
Messi’s new salary will see him go up to £26 million per season, putting him on over £500,000 a week. This means the megastar will receive over £100 million in four years, with Barcelona having to pay at least £200m, before taxes.
Astronomical fees to achieve Barcelona’s main objective this summer: to keep the best player in the world and, according to many, the best in the history of the game.