World’s greatest Messi to play for less pay | Sunday Observer

World’s greatest Messi to play for less pay

18 July, 2021
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has agreed to stay at Barcelona on a deal until 2026 that includes reducing his wages to half of his previous salary.

The announcement is dependent on player departures that will allow Barca to fund the Argentina captain’s wages.

Messi, 34, was a free agent after his contract - that reportedly paid him £123m a season - expired on June 30. Re-signing Messi was the principal summer target of new chairman Joan Laporta.

Messi is Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals and has won 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, seven Copa del Reys as well as claiming the Ballon d’Or on a record six occasions. (BBC Sport)