Lionel Messi’s current contract with Barcelona is reportedly worth up to €555m (£492m)
over four seasons – thought to be the biggest pay deal ever for an athlete.
Spain’s El Mundo newspaper said it had access to the document the footballing
star signed with the Catalan club in 2017, which included fixed incomes and extras
that could reach nearly €138m (£122m) each season.
The 33-year-old Argentinian – considered by many to be the best footballer
ever – would have to pay about half of that amount in taxes in Spain.
The report said Messi had already secured more than €510m (£452m) of the total contract,
which the newspaper said was the most expensive contract ever paid to an athlete.
The leak comes as Barcelona wrestles with a huge debt largely caused by the pandemic.
Messi, who has spent his entire career at the club after joining in 2000 as a youth player, sees his contract with the Catalans run out this year.