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Lionel Messi’s Eye-watering £94million Wages Leaked…Including A £12.8m-a-year Loyalty Bonus And Cryptocurrency Stake After Avoiding Barcelona Pay-cut

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Lionel Messi will earn an eye-watering £94million in wages over his three-year contract at Paris Saint-Germain, it has been revealed.

The world superstar joined the French giants in the summer after Barcelona were unable to tie him down to a new deal because of their financial issues.

French newspaper L’Equipe have now now ‘leaked’ the details about the 34-year-old’s contract, which will see him earn as much as Neymar and more than Kylian Mbappe.

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It’s been said that Messi will receive a net salary of €110m (£94m) over the next three seasons should he stay at the club.

Messi will earn €30m (£25.6m) this season and €40m (£34.1m) over the following two campaigns before his contract expires in 2024, when he will be 37 years old.

His salary is similar to what he would have received at Barcelona if he had been able to stay at the club where he made his name.

Messi was willing to cut his salary by 50 per cent, which would have seen him earn a net €30m per season at the Catalan giants.

Those wages though would still have been too high under LaLiga’s financial fair play regulations, which is what led to his departure from the club at the end of his last contract.

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Messi did not receive any transfer bonus when he made the move to PSG, though it’s reported he will receive a loyalty bonus that would equate to €15m (£12.8m) per year.

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Since completing his move to the Ligue 1 side, he has also linked up with cryptocurrency website Crypto.com, which will see him earn an additional sum of up to €30m over the duration of his contract.

This partnership is the most lucrative sponsorship for the club apart from those that appear on their match and training shirts.
Part of Messi’s salary will be paid by cryptocurrency fan tokens, which are a type of cryptocurrency that allow holders to vote on mostly minor decisions related to their clubs.

His wages are similar to that of team-mate Neymar. Yet, while Messi’s wages go up next season, the Brazilian forward will see his head in the opposite direction over the coming seasons before the end of his contract in 2025.

Mbappe is currently on a salary worth €25m (£21.4m) but is believed to have turned down approaches over a new deal with his contract at the club expiring next summer.

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The French World Cup winner will be free to speak to clubs overseas over a move on January 1, with the 22-year-old heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Messi’s signing completed a busy summer transfer window for PSG, who were also able to land former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma on free transfers as well as Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes.

It didn’t take long for Messi mania to grip supporters of the club, with the club shop selling out of the forward’s replica shirt just minutes after his confirmation was announced.

Messi joined Barcelona as a 15-year-old and went on to make his senior debut in 2004 at just 16 years old, featuring 778 times for the club in total across his 21-year-career.

During that time Messi became Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals including 120 Champions League goals and a record 474 LaLiga goals.

He left the club in tears before joining PSG, where he made his debut as a substitute against Reims before the international break.

Messi made his first start for the club during their Champions League clash against Club Brugge but he is still awaiting his first goal for the French side.

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