Lionel Messi To Become PSG’s Highest-Paid Player After Taxes, French Club’s Wage Bill Is Just Insane


Lionel Messi will climb ahead of soon-to-be Paris Saint-Germain teammates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as the French club’s highest-paid player, according to reports.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is set to fly out to Paris on Tuesday to complete his medical ahead of his sensational free transfer to PSG.

Messi, who has been a free agent since July, was prepared to take a hefty 50 per cent pay cut in a bid to sign a new deal with Barcelona.

The Barcelona legend earned in excess of £425m on his old contract with the La Liga club, which expired on 30th June.

Messi made his emotional farewell at a press conference on Sunday after Barcelona were unable to push through a new deal due to La Liga’s financial rules.

The 34-year-old Argentine superstar received a formal contract offer from PSG and the official unveiling is expected to be held on Wednesday.

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Messi’s deal with PSG will keep him at the Parc des Princes until 2023 (with an option to extend until 2024) and he will earn a salary of around €35m (£29.6m).

The former Barcelona captain’s €35m salary (after taxes) would place him at the top of PSG’s highest earners.

🚨💰 | NEW: PSG’s wage bill (post tax):

Messi (35M)
Neymar (30M)
Mbappé (24M)
Sergio Ramos (12M)
Donnarumma (12M)
Keylor (12M)
Achraf (8M)
Di Maria (14M)
Wijnaldum (10M)
Icardi (10M)
Varratti (15M)
Marquinhos (15M)
Kimpembe (10M)

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Neymar, who signed a new PSG deal in May, would become the second highest-paid player with his €35m salary.

The 29-year-old Brazilian winger left Barcelona in 2017 and completed a world-record £200m move to PSG.

Neymar was previously linked with a return to the Camp Nou, but the Brazil international’s long-term PSG deal will keep him in the French capital until 2025.

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Joining Messi and Neymar in the top three best-paid stars at PSG is Mbappe, who earns a €24m salary with the Ligue 1 side.

Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma, who arrived on free transfers from Real Madrid and AC Milan respectively, are on €12m apiece at PSG.

Georginio Wijnaldum snubbed a move to Barcelona to complete a free transfer to PSG.

The 30-year-old ex-Liverpool midfielder earns €10m on his PSG contract, which puts him alongside Mauro Icardi in the highest-paid players at the Parisian-based club.

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