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Messi to get improved contract: 20 to 22 million euro base salary

AS AS 07/05/2014 EFE

Argentine Lionel Messi will sign an improvement to his contract with Barcelona next week. The new deal will see the forward receive between 20 to 22 million euros a year. A source at the club confirmed the story to news agency EFE.

The new contract will make Messi the best paid player in the world, and to the base salary the player will be in line for performance bonuses that could see the total payment being around 30 million euros. The buy-out clause remains at 250 million euros. The new deal also doesn’t alter the end date of the commitment between club and player and will run to 30 June 2018.

One major change is that the player has agreed to share his image rights with the club. The player has exploited this on an individual basis up to now, with the income from these being behind the player’s problems with the tax authorities.

Archive photo of Messi signing one of his new contracts Archive photo of Messi signing one of his new contracts

A club source highlighted to EFE that this new deal is aimed at putting Messi in the centre of their football project for the next few years. The club consider him to be the world’s best player, despite the fact he ‘loaned out’ the Ballon d’Or to Cristiano this year.

The club will organise the player’s signing of the new contract next week, with just one league match left, which depending on results could see Barcelona still very much in the league fight, or completely out of it.

Yesterday TV3 announced that Messi had demanded that the club sign Kun Agüero and renew Pinto’s contract. The goalkeeper, now 38 years old, is Messi’s closest friend at the club. It is not clear if these requirements will be met. This will be Messi's seventh contract improvement in 10 years with the club.

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