Lionel Messi rejected Man City’s huge offer to stay at Barcelona

Lionel Messi rejected Man City offer

We all know Lionel Messi’s love for Barcelona. It was a panic situation when we saw a delay in his contract renewal at the club. Finally La Pulga decided to stay at the club and we got relieved, but we don’t know that he rejected huge Man City’s offer to stay at the Camp Nou till 2021.

Marca reports that Manchester City proposed €100 million signing-on fee plus a €50 million annual salary for Messi. Man City’s owner Sheikh Mansour himself made an offer to him without discussing with an agent or intermediary.

It wasn’t a good sign for Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who knew club’s best player contract will expire in summer 2018. He knew City wants to grab the four times Ballon d’or player as a free agent with hefty bonus sum and huge salary upgrade.

Messi’s love with his current club wasn’t an issue and Bartomeu only needed to come up with a plan to match his salary with the City’s offer and strategically take care of his image rights and charity funds. It took some time to finalize the deal, but it finally came off.

The Argentine star is once again the best paid player in the world, eclipsing Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar’s salary at PSG. Three contracts in one were negotiated; one for Messi’s charity, one for his image rights, and one for his basic salary to guarantee €50 million per annum until 2021.

FC Barcelona official twitter account announced Messi’s contract renewal on July 5, 2017. However, it wasn’t the official offer because no picture of his signing off the contract circulated in media. It was an act done in rush as the club sought to cover the free seat controversy broken by TV3.

Few days later, it was find out that player himself hasn’t signed any contract extension. It was his father Jorge Messi who signed the contract on his behalf with €30 million annual salary and €300 million buyout clause. Only in November, it was find out that Messi renewed his contract with €50 million annual salary and €700 million buyout clause giving a rest to the rumors surrounding his contract extension and moving out from the club.

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