Barcelona star Lionel Messi has had his future at the club questioned in recent weeks with links to Premier League giants Manchester City and Chelsea reported along with discontent at the club. Messi was said to have had a dispute with Neymar over the potential signing of Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and in another report, the Argentine allegedly gave Barcelona a list of demands that had to be met in order for him to extend his contract.
Nevertheless, it was almost certain that Messi would end up renewing his contract with the Catalan side. According to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser via the Express, Barcelona has finalized a five-year deal for Messi that just has to be signed. The deal would take Messi into his age 34 season, ensuring that he will spend the rest of his prime years at the Camp Nou.
Messi’s father and agent, Jorge has reportedly set up an appointment at the Camp Nou for May, during which the two parties will get together and finalize the terms of the contract. Messi’s last extension was signed back in 2014, during which he was made the highest paid player in the world. However, with the Chinese Super League’s massive wages, compatriot Carlos Tevez is currently the highest paid player, earning a massive £615,000 per week.
Messi is set to receive a pay raise comparable to Oscar’s £400,000 per week from Shanghai SIPG. He currently makes £256,000 per week after taxes. The article also mentions that Barcelona may have trouble paying Messi the massive wages he demands with self-imposed restriction that states that the club can only spend up to 70 percent of revenues on player wages. Long-term deals have already been signed for the other two members of the vaunted MSN attack, Luis Suarez and Neymar.