New terms were in the main an additional year and £16.3m per year plus performance bonuses. This new deal has ensured Messi’s status as the world’s highest player, and easily surpasses Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (£14.25m per year) and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (£15.6 per year). The Argentinian international only agreed his last deal in February 2013 for £12.08m per year, but Barcelona would have wanted their star player and four time winner of the Ballon d’Or to be at the top of the world highest paid players!
Barcelona’s coach Gerardo Martino was quoted saying that the deal ‘should give him (Messi) and especially to the club, who can continue to count on the best player in the world’. The 26 year old striker in spite of injuries, scored 41 goals in 43 games this season. Lionel Messi did not keep up with Cristiano Ronaldo’s outstanding form this season, but nevertheless, the little genius held his own throughout a ‘rough’ season.
Lionel Messi joined Barcelona’s La Masia football academy at the tender age of 13 years old and his debut in the senior team in October 2004. Since then Messi has had 405 appearances and scored 342 goals, and there seems to be no stopping the young man from substantial adding to that tally!
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