- Details of Lion Messi’s 2017 contract extension were revealed in Spanish media.
- According to El Mundo, Messi’s contract had a total value of $673M if all conditions were met.
- Messi’s contract ends on June 30, 2021 and he could walk out of Camp Not is no new deal is reached.
Spanish news outlet El Mundo published what it claimed to be a copy of the 2017 contract signed by Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona.
? Portada de EL MUNDO del domingo 31 de enero. Ya disponible en Orbyt y en nuestra edición digital con la mejor información #ContratoMessi pic.twitter.com/7eSiodkSCb
— EL MUNDO (@elmundoes) January 30, 2021
The contract is said to be the biggest ever in the history of sports. The now 33-year old football superstar signed the deal as an extension that allowed Barca to keep him until the end of this term. But after winning back to back La Liga titles in 2018 and 2019, the club has seen a decline over the past 12 months. The Catalan Giants are currently in third place in the latest Bet365 at +600 odds to win the Spanish title this season.
Details of Messi’s Barca Contract
The full details of Lionel Messi’s contract ‘which will ruin Barcelona’ | @petejenson https://t.co/xAjnCfrzmh
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) January 31, 2021
According to El Mundo, the total amount that Messi would receive from Barcelona is 555,237,619 euros or $673,919,105 over four years, if all conditions were met. With still five months left in the contract, El Mundo claims that Messi has already earned 511,450,545 euros or $621.6M.
The report says that Messi earned 115 million euros or $140M as bonus for signing the contract in 2017. Among the bonus clauses in his contract are 3,548,644 euros or $4.3M for winning the Champions League,2,365,766 euros or $2.3M for winning the Spanish La Liga title, and one-time 77,929,915 euros or $9.4M loyalty bonus.
Full time at Camp Nou
FC Barcelona 0 – 3 Juventus
Barca woes continue. Is it time for #KoemanOut?#UCL #Juventus #BarcaJuve #Barca pic.twitter.com/R7Rrye9lsK
— Scoreboard (@Scoreboard_US) December 8, 2020
The signing of Messi’s contract coincided with Barcelona’s woes. While Messi led Barcelona to the La Liga title in 2018 and 2019., European success has eluded them as they have been dramatically eliminated from the Champions League by Roma, Liverpool, and Bayern Munich in consecutive seasons.
Those disappointments led Messi to try and force a departure from FC Barcelona last August, a moved that shocked the football community. Then last October, FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned. Bartomeu was the head of the club who agreed to Messi’s 2017 deal.
With Bartomeu out, the club set an election for a new President last January 24. But that undertaking was postponed to March due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. High on the list of the new president’s agenda will be Messi’s contract which is set to expire on June 30. Messi will be eligible to leave Camp Nou if no extension is reach with the club.
FC Barcelona Denies Leaking Contract
Barcelona will take legal action against Spanish newspaper El Mundo after it published details of the contract Lionel Messi signed in 2017.
The €555M ($674M) contract equates to $168M a year ? pic.twitter.com/edlDWuC5YJ
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 31, 2021
El Mundo continued to claim that Messi’s contract is “the largest deal in the history of sports” and it has contributed to Barca’s financial woes, which have been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. It went on to call Messi’s deal as the “colossal contract that ruins Barcelona”.
In view of the published article, FC Barcelona categorically denied leaking Messi’s contract and vowed to take legal action against El Mundo for publishing the details of the 2017 deal and for whatever damage that it may cause. According to the club, the document is private and is governed by the principle of confidentiality between the two parties.
FC Barcelona went on to say it will give Messi absolute support in the face of any attempt to discredit his image and damage his relationship with the club where he has worked to become “the best player in the world and in the history of football”.