Lionel Messi will earn a whopping £94m in wages over his three years at PSG, with details of his contract in the French capital now revealed.
The 34-year-old joined the Ligue 1 giants on a free transfer in the summer after financially crippled Barcelona accepted defeat in their bid to re-register him for La Liga while complying with the division's salary cap. He penned a three-year deal in Paris instead, making him one of the highest-paid footballers in the world.
L'Equipe claim that Messi will accrue a stunning £94m (€110m) over his three years at PSG, as well as further bonuses and incentives throughout his time in Paris.
Messi will earn £25.6m (€30m) over the course of the 2021/22 campaign, and £34.1m (€40m) in the following two seasons. As well as his gargantuan salary, Messi has also been rewarded with a lucrative €15m (£12.8m) loyalty bonus per year - as compensation for the fact he received no transfer bonus upon making the switch in the summer.
On top of all that, he has also teamed up with cryptocurrency website Crypto.com, agreeing a partnership that could add up to €30m to his overall earnings. A portion of Messi's salary will be paid by cryptocurrency fan tokens, which allow its holders to vote on minor decisions related to the club.
These wages are similar to those he would have earned at Barcelona, had the Catalan giants been able to register him for 2021/22. Indeed, Messi did not intend to leave Camp Nou this summer, despite his desperation to go in search of pastures new 12 months prior, rather the club could simply no longer afford him.
Messi was willing to accept a 50% pay cut at Barcelona but even that wouldn't have been enough to bring the club in line with salary cap restrictions. Instead, he bid an emotional farewell to the club he'd represented for his entire professional career, before reuniting with former teammate Neymar at PSG.