Lionel Messi at the top of Forbes

In the next division of the Forbes magazine, Lionel Messi will be the most expensive football player in the world. This is reported by the newspaper of Catalonia Sport, which revealed terms and money of the new contract agreed to sign the famous Argentine with Barcelona. Lionel Messi will have net annual earnings of € 39.4 million, and € 50 million will be distributed over this four-year (3 + 1) bonus as a renewal bonus.

At the end of May 2017, Forbes released the list of the most expensive players in the world. The ranking was led by Cristiano Ronaldo, with $ 93 million (58 from salary and 35 from sponsors), while Messi was second with $ 80 million (50 and 30 respectively).

Last November, CR7 had renewed with Real Madrid by 2021, compared to 23,600,000 net per season. So now Messi with the new contract and nearly 16 million more climbs to the top, as the most expensive football player in the world.

The Argentine striker signed his eighth contract with the Catalans, having reached Barcelona at the age of 13.

“We are excited about this renewal of Lionel Messi. Personally, I was convinced, “said Barcelona President José Manuel Barnetó. “It is a great news for all the Catalans in the world and the world of football.”

Lionel Messi, who celebrated 30 titles with Barcelona on May 19, 2014, before the World Cup in Brazil, Messi had signed his previous renewal by June 2018 in exchange for 22.8 million net annual earnings, and redemption clause to 250 million. A clause now climbed to 300 million.