Report Claims Lionel Messi Will Earn €100m-a-Year After Signing New Barcelona Contract

Lionel Messi will earn around €2m-a-week after putting pen to paper on a new deal at the Camp Nou, with his earnings reportedly split between wages and image rights, according to Football Leaks (via Media Part).

The Argentine international recently signed a new deal with Barcelona amidst constant transfer rumours around his future. Messi’s new deal will see him stay at the club until 2021, extending his 18-year spell in Catalonia by another three seasons.

It was initially reported that Messi would pocket €500k-a-week in his new deal. However, this latest leak around his wages shows just how far off that initial estimate could have been.

With Messi’s income split between set wages and image rights, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will earn around €71m-a-year through his wages alone – making up a total of 85% of his income.

The last 15% comes from image rights, with a €70m bonus waiting for the 30-year-old if he sees out his latest contract.

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Messi has been in mesmerising form this season, scoring 22 goals and claiming 10 assists in 27 appearances across all competitions.

The Argentine winger has been instrumental yet again in La Liga, helping the Blaugrana claim a nine-point lead at the top of the table.

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??Barcelona smashed Celta Vigo 5-0 in their recent Copa del Rey match to progress into the quarter finals, with Messi making his first appearance in the competition this season. 

The Argentine star scored two quickfire goals to put Barca into a comfortable position early on, with Jordi Alba, Luis Suárez and Ivan Rakiti? putting the icing on the cake for the Blaugrana.


Sensational Report Details Real Madrid’s Failed Plan to Pay Messi’s €250m Release Clause in 2013

?Spanish giants Real Madrid attempted to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in 2013 and were willing to pay the attacker’s €250m release clause.

According to Der Spiegel (H/T ?Marca) Messi’s lawyer told the player’s father, Jorge Messi, of Real’s interest.


Los Blancos turned to Bale after their attempts failed, bringing the Welshman in from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for a then world-record fee of €100.8m.

Madrid were reportedly ready to pay the Argentinian €23m per year, and his father Jorge a further €1m.

The club have since denied any such offers or negotiations. Yet Der Spiegel claim that a meeting between Messi, his then lawyer, Florentino Perez, then sports director, Miguel Pardeza, and a lawyer from Madrid was set for a private jet. Said meeting likely never took place, but the outlet insist that it was in the making.

There are also sensational claims of Madrid offering to ‘put pressure’ on a certain government official in order to make all of Messi’s tax problems go away.

The player has since been charged and ?convicted of tax fraud in Spain, and was made to pay several millions back to the Spanish tax authorities

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In a ?separate report, Der Spiegel note that the player also paid a €12m settlement in 2016 in order to avoid another trial after he hired an adviser to perform a personal audit. 

He was urged to pay the aforementioned sum by said adviser, but Football Leaks claim that the sum did not come out of Messi’s pocket, as Barcelona took care of it.


‘Club Player’ Andres Iniesta ‘Not Worried’ About Losing His Place Despite Philippe Coutinho Arrival

?Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta insisted that he isn’t worried about losing his place in the starting lineup despite the arrival of Philippe Coutinho. 

At 33, Iniesta already has a long and illustrious career for both the Catalan side and the national team, winning seven La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, two European Championships and a World Cup amongst others for Barcelona and Spain. 

The arrival of Coutinho for £142m this week however could suggest Barcelona are readying the heir for Iniesta’s throne, but the Spaniard claims he is just focusing on his own performances and wants what is best for the team. 

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Iniesta told Marca: “I’m a club player and I’ve always said that anyone we have has to be the best and he’s one of the best. 

“I’m not [worried or thinking about] retirement or losing my place in the team, that’s not an issue for me and I want us to achieve our goals together.

“The coach will decide who plays but I feel good and I’m doing well. There will be no problems between teammates.”

Barcelona have been in imperious form this season as they sit top of La Liga table, unbeaten and nine points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, and remain one of the favourites for the Champions League despite a tough last-16 tie against Chelsea. 

Iniesta himself has been a key part of Barcelona’s early form under Ernesto Valverde, and believes that the arrival of Coutinho can help make them even stronger in the second half of the season.

He continued: “Coutinho coming in doesn’t affect me. He is one more player, another teammate and what’s good for the club is good for everyone.

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“He’s an innate talent and he has come to this club to continue developing and improving as a player. He’s one of the best in his position and his profile is the kind of player we like here.”


Italian Report Claims Inter Are Set to Sign Barcelona Midfielder Rafinha

Internazionale are closing in on a loan deal to sign Barcelona midfielder Rafinha in the January transfer window, according to one Italian report.

The Nerazzurri currently sit third in Serie A, nine points behind leaders Napoli. However, their current run of form has been poor and Luciano Spaletti’s side haven’t won a single game in their last seven outings.

According to Gianluca di Marzio, the loan deal for Rafinha includes an offer of a €20m future fee clause for the Brazilian midfielder – who hasn’t played since April 2017 after a series of injuries has seen him sidelined for la Blaugrana.

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The 24-year-old will struggle to find playing time in Catalonia from now until the end of the season. His injuries have hindered him to few chances, and the ?recent signing of Philipe Coutinho will only push him further down the pecking order.

Di Marzio has also reported that the  future fee offered by the Italian side could be deemed to be too low by the La Liga leaders, but a deal to bring him in is still likely.

Inter have picked up just two points in their last five Serie A games after a surging start to the season which saw them unbeaten up until mid-December.

The Nerazzurri manager Spalletti will be looking to invest further and strengthen the squad in order to qualify for the Champions League.

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Inter’s next outing is a mouth-watering fixture against fifth-placed Roma – who sit just three points behind Spalleti’s men. 


Spanish Report Claims Arsenal Are Considering a Move for Out of Favour Barcelona Midfielder

?La Masia graduate and Brazilian midfielder Rafinha has consistently been on the fringes of the Barcelona’s first team. Since breaking into the first team in 2014, the 24-year-old has never been able to hold down at starting place. Now, at long-term knee problem has prevented him from making an appearance for the club this season.

In a quest for more game time, and the desire to be selected for Brazil for the 2018 World Cup, Rafinha could be considering a move away from Catalonia. 

The notorious Spanish rumour site ?Don Balon are claiming that Arsenal are keen on the Brazilian and could make a move for the midfielder in this transfer window. 


This is not the first time that Rafinha has been linked with a move to the Gunners. The Brazilian was reportedly offered to ?Arsenal last summer for a fee of at least €30m. Eyeing a move himself, Rafinha reportedly said that his future was open and was willing to listen to offers. 

With the form of fellow countryman Paulinho, as well as the arrival of Philippe Coutinho at ?Barcelona, Rafinha may continue to struggle for find regular first team football at Barcelona. A move away may be ideal, if the midfielder wishes to stake a claim in Brazil’s squad for World Cup this summer. 


A number of spots may also be opening up in Arsenal’s midfield. The departure of Alexis Sanchez looks increasingly imminent at the Gunners, and the future of Mesut Ozil also remains in doubt. Arsenal also look ?set to sell Francis Coquelin to Valencia this month. 

However, Arsenal are set the face stiff competition for Rafinha from Inter, who are reportedly close to sealing a loan deal for the Brazilian. ?Gazzetta dello Sport claim that a deal between ?Inter and Barca is close, pending further medical checks on Rafinha.

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After numerous problems, Rafinha would need to focus on staying fit and Arsenal have enough injury problems already. But there may well place space for a player like Rafinha in North London. The Gunners will need to replace their outgoing stars should they lose Sanchez and Ozil in this window. 


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