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Everything you need to know about transfer of Messi from Barcelona to PSG

Lionel  Messi made his senior debut after graduating from La Masia, FC Barcelona's youth system, in 2004 and played for the Spanish giants for the last 17 years. He is Barcelona's most-capped player of all time appearing in 778 matches for the club. He is also the club's all-time highest goal scorer with 670 goals to his name during that period.

After his contract expired in June 30, 2021 many speculations went on as what would be the future of Messi as during the Copa America reports came out that a contract was all set for Messi who would sign a new contract with Barcelona but things got nasty as Barcelona came up with press release as they could not offer a new contract to Messi and PSG step ahead to make the grand signing of the free agent player.


Messi has won every trophy with Barcelona, which includes 10 La Liga and four Champions League titles. He has won the treble twice in his career - 2009-10 and 2014-15 seasons. 

There has been a deal agreed for the Argentina star to finish his career with the club where he has scored 672 goals in 778 appearances since his debut in 2004, but their financial situation meant the contract could not be signed.

Here, we take a statistical look at Messi’s impact on the club.

  • Messi’s goal tally for Barca is the most ever by a player for one club, after he passed Pele’s record of 643 for Santos last season.
  • He is comfortably LaLiga’s record goalscorer with 474 and is also second all-time in the Champions League with 120 to his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s 134.
Last season’s 30 goals won him an eighth Pichichi trophy, awarded to LaLiga’s top scorer, while he has led the Champions League goal charts six times including 2014-15 when he shared the honour with Ronaldo and Neymar.



  • He has scored Champions League goals in 16 seasons, matching Ryan Giggs’ record, and unlike the former Manchester United man he has done so in consecutive years dating back to 2005-06.
  • Messi’s 2011-12 season, when he scored 73 times in 60 games for Barca in all competitions including a league half-century, remains an astonishing high watermark.
  • He passed 50 in all club competitions on five other occasions, with four more campaigns in the 40s and over 30 in every season since 2008-09.
  • Barcelona won LaLiga in 10 of his 17 seasons in the first team, with seven Copa del Rey triumphs – including last season – and four domestic doubles along the way. Seven Supercopa wins boost Messi’s total to 24 honours in Spain – Barca won eight in that time, but he did not play in the two-leg 2005 win over Real Betis.
  • He added another 10 continental or inter-continental successes, with Barca winning the Champions League in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015 and adding both the Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup after the latter three of those.
  • Messi has also won the Ballon d’Or, awarded to the world’s best player, on six occasions including four in succession from 2009. International honours with Argentina had largely eluded him, save for an Olympic gold medal from 2008, until he led his side to Copa America glory last month.
  • Messi scored 48 hat-tricks for Barca, including 36 in LaLiga, with another six for Argentina taking him through the half-century mark for his career as a whole.
  • He scored four goals on six separate occasions – in league games with Valencia, Espanyol, Osasuna and twice against Eibar plus a Champions League win over Arsenal in 2010.
  • He also recorded one five-goal haul in Europe, against Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16 second leg in 2012 as Barca won 7-1 and 10-2 on aggregate.
  • Valencia were on the receiving end of four of Messi’s hat-tricks, with three each against Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Osasuna, Espanyol and Deportivo La Coruna.
  • He also scored twice in a Barca game on an additional 137 occasions, with a record 97 of those coming in LaLiga while the most significant recent example was last season’s Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Bilbao

Summary of Messi's contract with PSG

Different reports state that Messi's two-year contract with PSG gives him a $41 million annual net salary, including bonuses. The contract also contemplates an option for a third year.

In addition, There is a near $30-million signing bonus, while Forbes reports that the player will also get a cut of player image rights, including jersey sales, which could potentially bump his annual salary up to the $75 million range. 

That’s a big contract for any player, let alone a forward who has already turned 34. PSG will feel that money will be well-spent if Messi can take the club to the promised land: a first-ever UEFA Champions League trophy.

What is PSG's expectation with Messi?

Messi won the Champions League trophy four times in a his career with FC Barcelona, the last one coming back in 2015. Meanwhile, PSG has been knocking on the door for the last several years with a trip to the final in 2020 (loss vs. Bayern Munich) and advancement to the tournament semis last year (eliminated vs. Manchester City).

Barcelona could not afford to keep the greatest player in its club’s history, and definitely not on those same terms. With heavy debts saddling the Spanish club, and the need to cut player salaries, Barcelona announced on August 5 that it had ended negotiations with Messi, who had become a free agent when his deal with Barcelona expired on June 30.

Barcelona could not keep Messi even after the Argentine star had agreed to a 50 percent wage cut in order to remain with the only club he’s ever known as a pro. Barcelona president Joan Laporta later revealed that adding Messi’s contract would have meant that player salaries would have represented 110 percent of club revenues, when league rules required that figure to be at 70 percent of revenues.

What was Messi’s salary at Barcelona?

That PSG money is chump change compared to what Messi made in his last contract with Barcelona.

Messi had the most lucrative contract in sports history based on a report by Spanish daily El Mundo, which published details of Messi’s deal with Barcelona after the 30-page contract was leaked to the outlet in January 2021.

Signed in 2017, the deal had a value of over $650 million over its four-year duration if various conditions were met. According to the report, it provided Messi a $161 million annual base salary, a $135 million signing bonus and a $91 million-plus loyalty payment.

Given those terms and astronomical fees paid for other players, it’s no wonder that FC Barcelona is saddled by debts projected to hover in the $1 billion range. That Barcelona contract expired on June 30, 2021, making Messi a free agent and setting up the move to free-spending Paris Saint-Germain.

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