Lionel Messi will receive £170,000-a-week until 2025 from Barcelona – even if he leaves for another club.
After the Argentinian’s failed attempt to secure an exit last summer and seal a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, he is expected to depart at the end of the season.
According to Marca, the LaLiga giants are still set to be hit in the pocket whether Messi goes or stays.
They state the 33-year-old will bank a whopping €39million (£34.8m) at the end of the campaign.
That figure is half of the €78m bonus agreed when the veteran last renewed his Barca contract in 2017.
He has already banked the other €39m installment, with the agreement seeing Messi receive it in eight separate payments over four years rather than a lump sum.
And that means the Nou Camp outfit could still be paying him in 2025 even if he is no longer there.
Despite all the rumours of an exit, the legend has hinted he is happier with life at Barca in recent weeks compared to when he handed in a transfer request in August.
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