#sports activities Lionel Messi’s demands to renew his Barcelona deal in 2020 included signing-on bonus of £8.7MILLION
Lionel Messi’s eye-watering demands to keep at Barcelona in 2020 have been revealed in a big leak.
The veteran celebrity left the Spanish giants in summer season 2021 after 21 years on the membership, becoming a member of Paris Saint-Germain on a free switch when his contract expired.
And in accordance to revelations from El Mundo on Tuesday night, Messi’s stipulations to keep at cash-strapped Barcelona included a large signing-on bonus of £8.7million and a non-public jet to fly his household again to Argentina at Christmas.
Lionel Messi’s eye-watering demands to keep at Barcelona in 2020 have now been revealed
Messi left Barcelona for PSG in 2021 – however earlier than his departure, he had requested a signing-on bonus of £8.7million and a non-public jet to fly his household again to Argentina each Christmas
He additionally stipulated a luxurious government field at Barca’s Nou Camp stadium for each his household and the household of then-team mate Luis Suarez (second proper)
Messi’s contract demands in 2020
- £8.7million signing-on bonus
- £8,700 launch clause
- Three-year deal with choice to lengthen
- Luxury government field on the Nou Camp for his and Luis Suarez’ household
- 10 per cent wage improve in 2021-22 and 2022-23, plus three per cent annual curiosity
- Private jet to fly his household to and from Argentina each Christmas
He additionally requested a luxurious government field on the Nou Camp for his household and the household of former Barca team-mate Luis Suarez, with the safety of a three-year deal till 2023 plus an choice to lengthen.
Other demands made in June 2020 included reducing his buyout clause from £610m to a nominal payment of simply £8,700 – nearly negligible given the cash in at present’s market.
And after accepting a 20 per cent pay lower in 2020-21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he requested for his web wage of £65m a 12 months to be elevated to £71.5m a 12 months for the subsequent two seasons, plus three per cent in annual curiosity.
The info was recovered from emails between Jorge Messi, Lionel’s father and consultant, the 35-year-old’s authorized workforce, and Barcelona chiefs together with then-president Josep Bartomeu.
El Mundo report Barcelona accepted all of Messi’s demands besides two: refusing to decrease his launch clause to £8,700 and making the £8.7m signing-on bonus conditional on the membership returning to their pre-pandemic revenue, which was and is unlikely given their well-publicised monetary points.
Due to this, the 162-cap worldwide stop negotiations, culminating the notorious ‘Burofax’ despatched to the membership to inform them of his want to go away.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo had beforehand leaked the small print of Messi’s gargantuan £492m (€555m) contract – the most important in sports activities historical past – bearing in mind mounted wage, picture rights, variables and tax.
Lionel Messi’s final Barcelona contract price the cash-strapped membership round a whopping £492m
The determine was revealed by Spanish newspaper El Mundo, outlining Barcelona’s monetary woes
The deal assured him £122m a season in gross wage, a ‘renewal payment’ of £102m for accepting the contract and a take-home ‘loyalty’ bonus of £69m a 12 months for staying on the Nou Camp.
Other variables included Messi banking one other £1.75m if he performed 60 per cent of video games, whereas he would obtain further funds every knockout stage of the Champions League he reached, in addition to for profitable LaLiga and the Copa del Rey.
The leak has infuriated Messi’s camp who mentioned they’d be wanting to put together a lawsuit in opposition to El Mundo consequently, in accordance to RAC1.
Clauses in that contract reportedly included Barcelona demanding Messi ought to ‘combine into Catalan society and tradition’, because the membership did their all to to enhance Messi’s grasp of the Catalan language.
Ex-Barca president Josep Bartomeu (proper) and Messi shake arms on the 2017 contract signing
The contract additionally acknowledged Messi should ‘undertake an acceptable private conduct and rhythm of life’ and never to ever have interaction in doping.
Finally, it was astonishingly revealed there was an settlement in the contract that will enable Messi to turn into a free agent if Catalonia gained independence, with Barcelona set to be kicked out of LaLiga to play in a Catalan league.
It was agreed in the contract that if that was the case – with Catalonia having pushed for independence from Spain again in 2017 – then the six-time Ballon d’Or winner would robotically have the opportunity to go away without spending a dime.
Uruguayan striker Suarez, now at Nacional, slammed El Mundo for leaking the small print.
Uruguayan striker Suarez hit out on the ‘evil’ individuals who leaked Messi’s contract particulars in 2021
In February 2021, he instructed Onda Cero: ‘I used to be stunned to learn Messi’s contract in the press. I do not perceive that there are individuals who have a lot evil. What Barcelona is at present is thanks to Leo.’
Suarez’s feedback got here in the aftermath of his current backing of Messi, and insistence that the Argentine ace will retire each time he needs and utterly dictate his personal future in soccer.
Suarez instructed El Transistor: ‘He is [playing] at a spectacular degree, he’s the most effective in the world. Messi will retire wherever he needs, he can resolve whether or not it is at Barcelona, in Argentina or wherever.’
Suarez himself was one of the victims of Barca’s struggles, after being compelled out of the Nou Camp in summer season 2020 because the Catalan giants tried desperately to lower an inflated wage invoice.