Lionel Messi, the Argentine superstar footballer, recently signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after his departure from Barcelona. The new contract has been the talk of the town among football enthusiasts, and one of the most exciting aspects of the new agreement is Messi`s salary.
According to reports, Messi has signed a two-year deal with PSG that will see him earn an annual salary of €40 million ($47 million). This is a big jump from his salary at Barcelona, where he reportedly earned around €70 million ($82 million) per year, including bonuses.
Despite the decrease in salary, the move to PSG will provide Messi with a chance to compete for major trophies, including the UEFA Champions League, which he has not won since 2015. The Parisian club had reached the final of the competition twice in the past three seasons, with a talented roster that includes fellow superstars Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé.
Messi`s salary also makes him one of the highest-paid players in the world, behind only PSG teammate Mbappé and Ronaldo, who recently returned to Manchester United. However, it`s worth noting that Messi`s salary is before tax, and the high tax rates in France mean that it would be significantly lower after deductions.
Despite the reduced income, Messi`s move to PSG has been a financial coup for the club, with merchandise sales skyrocketing after the announcement of his signing. Experts predict that PSG will recoup Messi`s annual salary through increased sales of jerseys and other merchandise bearing his name and image.
Overall, Messi`s new contract salary is a clear indication of the value he brings to the footballing world. He remains one of the most talented and beloved players on the planet, and his move to PSG will provide a chance for him to continue to shine on the biggest stage.