Details of Messi’s Barcelona contract which is biggest in sports history
A copy of Lionel Messi’s contract at Barcelona obtained by Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, shows that he has the biggest deal in sports history.
Messi would reportedly receive a maximum of €555,237,619 over four seasons, if a series of clauses were met.
The 30-page contract saw Barca agreeing to pay the forward €138,000,000 per season, including variables.
It included a signing-on bonus of €115,225,000 for accepting the renewal and a “loyalty” bonus of €77,929,955.
The contract was agreed in November 2017 and expires on June 30, 2021.
Messi will leave Camp Nou if he does not agree fresh terms with the LaLiga giants.
The 33-year-old tried to force an exit last summer, arguing that there was a clause in the deal that allowed him to walk away for free, before eventually backing down.
The size of Barca’s financial commitment to Messi, is one of a number of deals that have left the club’s accounts in a perilous position.
Their most recent set of accounts showed a total debt of over a billion euros and player wages are responsible for almost three-quarters of the club’s budget.