Radio Cadena Kobe reported that the club owed parts of the salaries of the players, including them Messi.
The source said that the club had to pay Messi 72 million euros before the end of last January, but only 8.5 million were paid, which means that the club owes him 63.5 million euros of his dues.
A few weeks ago, Barcelona reached a decision to postpone spending part of this season’s profits to the next few seasons, saving the club 172 million euros.
In fact, this agreement affected most of the team’s players, including Messi.
The newspaper “El Mundo Deportivo” has exploded a shocking news revealing the huge sums Messi charges with Barcelona, as Lionel Messi, the Barcelona club star, made a total income of more than 555 million euros between November 2017 and June 2021.
“El Mundo” titled a report that refuted the details of the enormous numbers of the contract signed by Messi in November 2017 and ends next summer: “The Pharaonic decade of Leo Messi who drowns Barcelona.”
According to the newspaper, “the contract will increase to a total of 555.237 million euros distributed over 4 seasons until its end on June 30th. This number is the sum of his fixed salary, rights to his image, a series of unpublished rewards, fees and a set of bonuses dependent on specific goals.”
And she continued: “The player won 511.299 million euros, or about 92 percent of the total so far.”
She explained that “the net amount, after taxes (…) and social security deductions, represents more than half of this amount: about 297 million euros.”
Without counting the image rights, Messi reaps 138.8 million euros (net 74.9 million) annually, or 380 thousand euros (net 210 thousand euros) per day.
After signing a new contract with Barcelona, Messi automatically received an extension bonus of more than 97 million euros, which he collected in two installments in December 2017 and then December 2018, and on the same occasion, the penalty clause in his contract increased from 250 to 700 million euros.
If he wins the Champions League, Messi will receive a reward of 3.5 million euros, which has not happened since his contract was extended.
In contrast, if he won the Spanish League (twice since 2017), the reward would be 2.3 million euros, and the Domestic Cup (once) 591,000 euros.
Messi’s contract contains 30 pages and is “the largest in the history of sports”, according to the Spanish daily, and it has remained secret until today.