- Lionel Messi is already on his way to France where he is expected to complete his switch to Paris Saint-Germain
- The Barcelona legend could not seal contract extension with the Catalan club and now he is joining PSG on a two-year contract
- According to his contract details, Messi will earn around €481,000 (N232million)-a-week ( or €68,682 (N33million)-a-day or €2,862((N1.4million)-per-hour
After agreeing a deal to join French giants Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year-deal, Lionel Messi’s staggering salary details have been revealed, Telegraph reports.
He will remain as the highest paid athlete in the world as he completes his move to join the French Ligue 1 giants.
Several outlets are reporting that Messi will earn around €31.5million a season, which eventually drops to about €25million per season after tax.
He is expected to sign a two-year contract with an option of a third - and across his initial two years, he will earn a staggering €75million, while also bagging a €25million signing bonus.
In general, weighing his ridiculous take home salary, Messi will earn around €481,000 (N232million)-a-week or €68,682 (N33million)-a-day or €2,862 (N1.4million)-per-hour or €47.69 (N20,000)-per-minute or €0.80 (N400)-per-second, SPORTbible reports.
These huge amounts are even before bonuses and sponsorships and others as the Argentine legend will continue to earn an unbelievable salary.
His move to the French capital will see him reunite with Neymar whom he played alongside for four years, as well as eternal El Clasico rival Sergio Remos.
Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Messi scored a record 672 goals in 778 games for Barca, the club he joined as a 13-year-old.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi's departure will further affect Barcelona's financial books as the club are set to lose €137million (N66bn) in brand value.
La Blaugrana were unable to secure Messi's contract extension following strict La Liga rules as the 34-year-old is set to join Paris Saint-Germain.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner accepted a 50 per cent pay cut to enable him to get registered but the strict financial rules from La Liga prevented the move.
According to Brand Finance, Messi's value to Barcelona is quite higher than the club at the moment as the Camp Nou outfit are also set to lose €17m on matchday ticket sales.
Barcelona fans blame Umtiti for Messi's exit
Legit.ng earlier reported that Samuel Umtiti excluded himself from Barcelona's Joan Gamper trophy celebrations after he was 'attacked' by the fans for Lionel Messi's departure.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner played a part in the club's 3-0 victory over top European giants Juventus at Camp Nou over the weekend.
Memphis Depay, Martin Braithewaite, and Ruiqi Puig all scored a goal each in the club's final pre-season game before their season opener against Real Sociedad.