Barcelona To Hand Messi £80m Bonus For Signing New £500,000-Per-Week Deal
Lionel Messi’s ‘signing bonus’ for staying at Barcelona could be as high as a record-breaking £80 million and the club hope to have a naming-rights sponsor for the Nou Camp as early as next season to help them pay for it.
It is normal for clubs to add a signing-on fee or a renewal bonus in contracts but Messi’s estimated to be between £79 million and £85 million, is believed to be the highest ever. In a special report in Catalan paper L’Ara this week it was claimed Barcelona’s wage bill as a percentage of overall revenue is now at 84 per cent, up to £430 million.
Barca are hopeful of announcing a new Nike deal next year as they try to further boost revenue to meet the wages and bonuses bill and the Nou Camp could have a sponsor’s name added to it for the new season.
Work on the ‘New Camp Nou’ is not scheduled to start until 2019 but the stadium could be given a new name as early as 2018 with the company Van Wagner already studying the field of options.
The club could put the potential new sponsor’s name to directors and supporters at the start of the new year. Any deal would involve a brand name being attached to the club’s stadium for the next 25 years and raise up to £179m.
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 organize 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 international break.
Meanwhile, the deal that takes him to 2021 with the club has already been signed by his father Jorge and his brother Rodrigo but is still missing his signature.