Lionel Messi is set to earn well over £100m in the next three years with Paris Saint-Germain after his contract with the club was leaked.
After his contract at Barcelona was deemed financially insolvent, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner shifted to France.
It’s no surprise that he was one the highest-paid athletes in the world and, despite taking a pay reduction, he continues to make a living in Paris.
L’Equipe have released the details of his new deal which will see him earn a net €110m, or £94m, in wages alone between now and 2024.
That amount puts him on a similar pay packet to his good friend Neymar and more than the soon-to-be departing Kylian Mbappe.
Messi was on a staggering €60m per year at Barca and was willing to take a 50% cut, which is what he will receive in his first year at PSG.
Then for each of the following two seasons of his three-year deal he will bag €40m – but his earnings don’t stop there.
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The 34-year-old did not have a signing-on bonus when he made the switch to France but he is in line to secure a loyalty bonus of around €15m (£12.8m) a year should he stay with the club.
And not only that, but he is also going to make an added fee of up to €30m over the duration of his contract through his sponsorship with cryptocurrency website Crypto.com.
With Neymar’s 2025 expiry approaching, his wages will decrease and he will become the highest-paid player in the club.
His other attacking teammate Mbappe is currently on a salary of €25m in comparison to his two higher-earning colleagues.
Messi has only featured twice for PSG this season so far, starting against Club Brugge in the Champions League after his debut off the bench in Ligue 1 before the international break
He is yet to get off the mark and was booked as his new side could only pick up a point in a 1-1 draw in Belgium.