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Release clauses of all Barcelona players - how much are they worth?

Rohith Nair
16.15K   //    08 Oct 2016, 00:39 IST
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Only a bid of €700m would force Barcelona to sell Messi, Suarez and Neymar

Just how much would it cost you to buy Barcelona’s lethal attacking trio more popularly known as MSN? Just a shade under a three-quarter billion Euros. Unless you are a wealthy football club owner who is still drawing up plans to rob a Swiss bank, you can forget about it signing even one La Liga star, let alone all three. 

Release clauses are part and parcel of player contracts in football these days. And the so-called worth of a player has reached astronomical heights in recent years after the money started pouring into the game. With commercial sponsorship deals allowing clubs to spend more money than ever before, clubs are doing everything they can to ensure their players are not prised away by the lure of big money?

So how do you combat massive transfer bids? Make the player’s worth so far out of reach that no club would think twice about submitting a bid unless they were really desperate to throw money. 

Which is why star players at the biggest clubs are never sold unless the club is ready to let them go. They do whatever they can to ensure the players are happy at their club and insert release clauses that are usually five to ten times their market value – except in the odd case such as Ballon d’Or winners or finalists. 

11 Barcelona players have release clauses upward of €100m

It comes as no surprise that Lionel Messi has the biggest release clause at Barcelona with a whopping €250m. The Argentine forward has won the Ballon d’Or five times and is undoubtedly their biggest asset (well, living asset if you bring the Camp Nou into the picture).

He was the most expensive player until recently when Neymar joined the 250-club himself. The Brazilian’s release clause has increased from €200m to €250m in recent years and the Catalan club plan to build the team for the future with him as their key player. He is only 24 after all.

Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets are the only other players who are worth at least €200m but Busquets currently has a longer contract than the Uruguayan striker. In all, 11 players have a release clause set at €100m or more. 

To put things in perspective, Manchester United’s world record fee for Paul Pogba could amount to around €110m. However, Barcelona’s stars have nothing on Cristiano Ronaldo whose release clause, according to agent Jorge Mendes, was €1 billion!

#PlayerRelease ClauseContract Ends
1Lionel Messi€250m2018
3Luis Suarez€200m2019
 Sergio Busquets€200m2021
5Gerard Pique€162m2018
6Andres Iniesta€157m2018
7Jordi Alba€150m2020
8Ivan Rakitic€100m2019
 Paco Alcacer€100m2021
 Javier Mascherano€100m2018
 Andre Gomes€100m2021
12Marc-Andre Ter Stegen€80m2019
13Arda Turan€76m2019
15Jasper Cillessen€60m2021
 Aleix Vidal€60m2020
 Lucas Digne€60m2021
 Samuel Umtiti€60m2021
19Jeremy Mathieu€50m2018
 Denis Suarez€50m2020
 Sergi Samper€50m2019
22Jordi Masip€35m2017
23Sergi Roberto€30m2019

Data from Squawka

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