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Lionel Messi set to become the highest paid footballer in the world

3.12K   //    17 Dec 2012, 10:25 IST

BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 16: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the la Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on December 16, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.

According to British newspaper The Daily MailLionel Messi is going to be the highest paid footballer in the world within a couple of weeks. Messi will receive a huge 12.5 million pounds a year (110 crores in INR) along with other incentives.

Messi’s father George is monitoring all these matters.

Barcelona have shown their intention to retain Messi for the long-term and President Sandro Rosell is quite keen to extend the deal with the 25-year-old attacker as he wants Messi to fulfil his dreams while at Barcelona.

Messi’s current take-home pay without any bonuses is approximately nine million pounds a year, which is below Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 12 million pounds and Samuel Eto’o’s 16 million pounds a year.