Despite age and Covid-19 affecting the overall financial situation, Lionel Messi’s income will still increase if he moves from Barca to Man City this summer.
The strangest thing regarding the best player- Messi- in football history, who has scored more than 630 goals, won 33 club titles and six Golden Balls, is that he can still leave freely. Messi did not go to Barca’s Covid-19 test, an obligation to fulfill every player who wants to play in La Liga next season. The Argentine striker believes that a term in his contract with Barca allows him to leave the club automatically without any transfer fees.
But even when leaving Barca freely, the financial burden on Man City or any team that wants to own Messi will not decrease. Messi is receiving a weekly salary after tax of about $ 667,000 in Barca, but is not sure to maintain that number in the new team. Because of Covid-19’s influence, Sheffield Hallam University’s Dr Robert Wilson believes that no team is willing to pay that salary to a player, even taking into account marginal trade and potential. advertisement. “I do not think any team can afford to pay a large sum for Messi right now,” Wilson told Sport Mail (UK). “I have not seen a move of genuine interest from the clubs, especially in the Premier League, in the current context. They are all cautious. Besides money, the teams must also take into account the impact of this. This deal comes to society. All are trying to act with greater social responsibility. “
According to Wilson, if Man City spends a huge amount of money on Messi without careful calculation, the labor unions will fight them. “The maximum salary that a club can pay Messi now is $ 400,000 a week,” he said. That is, Messi’s salary must definitely decrease significantly compared to his time at Barca.
Man City cannot pay high salaries, but Messi’s annual gross income will certainly be better. This depends on the reality of the automatic release clause that Messi signed with Barca. Camp Nou team believes that the term has expired on June 10. But Messi’s lawyers cite the plague to assert that the 2019-2020 season actually ends on August 14, and the time when Messi faxes the request to leave is appropriate to trigger this provision.
However, one amount of money that Messi will not benefit from is the sale of the jersey. Specifically, Messi’s No. 10 shirt is the most sought after in the football world. PUMA is sponsoring jerseys for Man City, with a value of approximately $ 87 million per year. According to Wilson, the sportswear company spends that much money to produce the club’s jersey and sell it. Profits flow directly into their pockets, which Man City does not enjoy. “Maybe there will be a clause: If the team sells this million jerseys thanks to Messi, Messi will get a commission,” said Wilson. “But these terms are very rare in top clubs. I don’t think Messi will get this extra.”
However, Taylor said that if shirt sales soar, PUMA will have to actively share shares with Man City and Messi, because this shows their ambition to cooperate in the next contract, creating money. deals with the sportswear company to negotiate the next shirt sponsorship deal with Man City, amid stiff competition with Nike and Adidas.
In general, experts agree that this is not a single transfer, when Man City bought Messi to play football. This is a “transfer package” that incorporates many benefits that need to be carefully calculated, because Messi has long passed the limit of football players. England is a global icon.