Barcelona forking out €35 MILLION-A-YEAR to keep Messi

Barcelona are paying Lionel Messi a staggering €35 MILLION-A-YEAR after settling on a new deal to 2018 this week.

Messi's upgrade will see him earn €15 million-a-year net, but with Spain's new tax laws for footballers it means Barca forking out €35 million-a-year in total. And should Barca win the Champions League, Messi will be due an extra €2 million in bonuses.

His buyout clause, however, remains the same - €250 million.

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