Barcelona Reportedly to Offer Lionel Messi 'Record-Breaking' Signing Bonus

A stadium sponsor deal would last for 25 years and could raise as much as £179m

A stadium sponsor deal would last for 25 years and could raise as much as £179m

Barcelona are reportedly set to offer Lionel Messi a "record-breaking" signing bonus of between £79 million and £85 million to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Camp Nou that will also see him earn £500,000 per week.

It is normal for clubs to add a signing-on fee or a renewal bonus in contracts but Messi's - estimated to be between £79m and £85m - is believed to be the highest ever.

Messi is in the final season of his contract at Barca, and while his father and brother have signed off on a new three-and-a-half-year deal, the player is yet to do so as he is "reluctant to sit down with Barcelona's under-fire president Josep Bartomeu and give him what would be a "vote of confidence" opportunity".

Messi will be permitted to talk to foreign clubs over a pre-contract deal from January, so Barca will hope he opts to extend his stay sooner rather than later.

Messi's current deal expires at the end of this season and, as things stand, he would be free to open talks with other clubs in January, but Barcelona are hopeful that the five-time Ballon d'Or victor will agree terms by the end of the year.

Because of Messi's hat-trick against Ecuador this week Argentina will not need to play a World Cup qualifier in November.

They may still organise friendlies for next month but there is an increased chance that Messi will have a potential window of opportunity to sign his new £500,000-per-week contract in the next worldwide break.

The Argentinian is undecided as to whether to sign the deal next month, with speculation over his future continuing to grow.

Mundo Deportivo columnist Xavier Bosch said: 'I understand that he wanted to send a positive message to supporters but when you want to go into the transfer market, saying public you have the money to sign Coutinho or anyone.

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