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REVEALED: Lionel Messi's staggering wages at Barcelona leaked by Spanish outlet ARA

14.55K   //    27 Jan 2016, 11:22 IST
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Spanish outlet ARA has leaked the contract clauses and wage details of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. The leak has revealed the staggering amount Messi is being paid by the Spanish giants and how much they would lose if he was sold.

Messi extended his contract with Blaugrana in 2014 tying him down at the club until June 30, 2018. The agreement includes a buyout clause around the figure of €250 million. 

According to the terms, Messi now pockets a cool €22.8 million a year. Although this number is set to rise significantly to €39.4 million this summer due to a clause in his current contract.

But wait there’s more! A couple of complex clauses are also included in the deal, which cover all the financial details provided Messi leaves the 5-time Champions League winners. The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner is set for a huge financial windfall if the Catalan giants decide to offload him before his contract expires.

If Messi was to be sold in the summer before his new wages come into play, Barcelona will have to shell out the difference in the two wages – €16.6 million as compensation to the little magician.

To add to the complexity of this deal, the Catalans would incur an expense of an additional €9.97 million if they were to sell him in 2017. So, Barcelona might have to think twice if they ever contemplate offloading their superstar.

Bale, Ozil contracts leaked online by Football Leaks

Earlier in the week Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Arsenal’s Mesut Özil also had their transfers clauses leaked online via Football Leaks. According to the source, Tottenham Hotspur had included several conditions in the transfer contract and likewise, so have Madrid with Ozil’s transfer to Arsenal.

Real Madrid final and complete expense in signing Bale is over €100 million as compared to the club stating it was closer to €90 million when they signed him. According to Football Leaks, Bale’s cost will be covered in four installments. The first three of €24.9 million each have been paid by the club. The last one of €21.2 million is still pending.

In Mesut Ozil’s transfer clause, Real Madrid are set to earn €6 million every year up to six years provided Arsenal qualify for the Champions League that year. However, there is also an interesting buy-back clause which states that Madrid have first option on the midfielder if Arsenal decide to sell to another Spanish club. Real will have 48 hours to decide whether to buy back the playmaker before the Gunners can eventually go ahead with he transfer.

Madrid will also receive 33% of the transfer fee if he is sold to another club. Sounds like a good piece of business by Los Blancos.

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