Lionel Messi moved to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on a free transfer, but the Argentine’s salary at the French club over the next three years has been revealed.
French newspaper L’Equipe have reported that Messi will make 30 million euros in each of the next two seasons in Paris, with this figure rising by a further 10 million if he stays for a third year.
These figures don’t include individual and team bonuses that can be earned throughout the campaign.
As confirmed by L’Equipe, Messi’s salary is identical to that of Neymar, who signed a new contract earlier this year, and higher than that of Kylian Mbappe, who has rejected several lucrative contract extension proposals amid reports he wants to leave to join Real Madrid when his contract expires next summer.
As revealed by PSG when signing the player in August, part of Messi’s salary will be paid in cryptocurrency fan tokens, which are a type of cryptocurrency that allow holders to vote on mostly minor decisions related to their clubs.
With the volume of trading has surged after reports of Messi’s move to the club emerged, fan tokens will reportedly provide PSG with an injection of between €25 and €30 million per season.
Messi’s salary is similar to what he would have received at Barcelona if he had been able to continue since he was willing to cut his salary by 50% which would have seen him earn 30 million euros net per season. But despite Messi’s willingness to cut his salary in half, Barcelona’s wage bill still would have been too high under LaLiga’s financial fair play regulations, which is why the Catalan club was unable to re-register the Argentine great after his contract expired in June.
Courtesy: MARCA and AS