Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Messi's Barca New Deal Details Revealed: N40bn Bonus, N28bn-A-Year And Exclusive Image Rights

The extraordinary details behind Lionel Messi's new Barcelona contract have been revealed by Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.
Messi signed a new contract with the Catalan club in November after months of speculation over his long-term future.

El Mundo Deportivo have reported that the delay to his new contract was not purely because of the financial negotiations, but because of the political crisis in Catalonia over their recent independence vote.

However, the sums involved in his deal are staggering, if as claimed.

The contract runs until 2021, with the option of another year for Barcelona.

After Messi's conviction for tax fraud, he has apparently been handed a signing-on sum of €100m (N40bn) as compensation for his troubles.

Beyond that, he will earn €70m (N28bn)-a-year in wages, and he has been granted exclusive image rights.

The total cost of the deal comes to €450m (N180bn).

The figures represent a deal that is 70% more lucrative than Cristiano Ronaldo's current deal with Real Madrid, and only €4m (N1.6bn)-a-year worse than Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

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