Lionel Messi will sign a new five -year contract to remain at the Camp Nou after agreeing to take 50% wage cut
Lionel Messi is set to commit to fresh terms at Barca after agreeing a new five-year deal with an incredible 50% wage cut.
The Argentine has spent his entire playing career at the Camp Nou, having initially broke into the scenes as a teenager in 2004, but dropped signs of embarking on a new challenge last season.
And after several months of negotiations, Barcelona are final going to tie their man down with a new five-year contract, following a swift discussion that would see the 34-year-old taking a huge wage cut in the new offer.
Barcelona were unable to hand similar lucrative new deal to Lionel Messi like the one he enjoyed in the past five years after exceeding La Liga’s wage limit at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
Over the course of his past five-year deal, Messi earned a whopping €550 million, which amounted to about €75 million per annum.
The six-time Ballon d’Or holder a free agent after seeing out his deal at the Camp Nou is now to sign a new contract that will see him spend the next five years in Catalonia, muting any attempt of a new challenge elsewhere.
There were reports that Messi will link up with ex Barcelona legendary manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, not only that, French giant Paris Saint-Germain were also touted to be his next home.
A possible return to boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys was also mooted, along with a potential switch to MLS with David Beckham’s Inter Miami being proposed to be his next destination.
However, months after receiving lucrative offers, including an attractive proposal from PSG, Messi has ultimately decided to remain a one-club man and will continue to wear the Barcelona shirt until the summer of 2026, a point where he will be 39 years of age.