Spanish daily Marca has revealed the details of Lionel Messi’s renovation which will take place on Thursday.
According to Marca, the Argentine will earn 12 million euros ($US16.25 million) after taxes, plus bonuses that could increase his salary up to 4 million euros more, depending on the matches he plays, the titles the team obtains, and even the individual awards he wins, including the Ballon d’Or that would earn him close to an extra million euros if he wins it next year.
Barcelona agreed to raise Messi’s salary due to the new tax legislation in Spain which was affecting his net salary. His new contract will expire in 2018 when he will be 31 years old.
Leo did not want to raise his buying clause currently in 250 million euros. Barcelona’s intention was to increase the clause to protect its jewel from being tempted by a millionaire club, but Messi’s was adamant in keeping his buyout clause the same. Although he obviously wants to stay in Barcelona, things could change and he wants to keep the clause not that high, although it is the highest in the world.
Thursday’s signing will be the sixth time Messi put his signature in a Barcelona contract. His amazing progression through the years has caused that Barcelona kept increasing his salary and his buying clause.
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- Messi will likely become the all time top scorer of the Champions League in the 2013-14 or the 2014-15 editions. Photo: Getty Images
- Former Real Madrid star Raúl is currently the top scorer of the European Cup/Champions League with 71 goals. Messi has 56 and counting. The only other active player in the top 10 playing the tournament is Cristiano Ronaldo who has 44 goals. Photo: Getty
- Lionel already became Barcelona's top scorer in official matches, and he could become the club's all time scorer including friendly matches next season. Photo: Getty
- Barcelona legend, Filipino-Spanish Paulino Alcántara has been Barcelona's all time scorer since 1927. He arrived at the club in 1912 and scored 369 goals in 357 matches, most of them in friendlies. Messi has 304 goals and reaching Alcántara's record is a matter of time. Photo: mundodeportivo.com
- Messi will become the Spanish League's all time scorer most likely in the next season. Photo: Getty Images
- The record holder is Athletic Bilbao's greatest player Telmo Zarra who scored 251 goals in 15 seasons in La Liga. Currently playing his 9th season, Messi is in 9th place of the all time list with 192 goals. Photo: EFE
- Always criticized when playing with Argentina, the 'flea' is on pace to become his country's all time top scorer. Photo: Getty
- Gabriel Omar Batistuta is Argentina's all time top scorer with an impressive 56 goals in 78 matches. Messi has 31 goals in 76 matches, but at just 25 years old, he will have plenty of time to break the record. Photo: Getty
- However, the next record he could beat will be in January when he can become the first player ever to win 4 Golden Balls. It is not a goal scoring record but his election would be a consequence of the goals he scored this year. Photo: internet