Lionel Messi’s future remains in doubt amid interests from Manchester City and PSG
The Argentine is the highest paid player at Spanish club Barcelona for several years
Barca presidential candidate Emi Rousaud admits the club cannot afford to pay him again
Latest reports from Barcelona have it that Lionel Messi who is already being paid outrageous weekly wages at Barcelona is set to pocket further huge amounts whether he leaves or not.
The Barcelona captain is poised to leave the Catalan club at the end of the season as his contract lapses during the summer.
His future remains in doubt amid interests from Premier League club Manchester City as well as French Ligue 1 outfit PSG.
The Argentine personally admitted in late last year that the club were in a “really bad situation” with “no money” to reinvest in the squad as Barcelona’s perilous financial situation was laid bare.
And now the club’s presidential candidate for the forthcoming election Emi Rousaud has stated that Messi’s current salary was “unsustainable” and Barcelona could not afford to pay him the same rate going forward.
But according to Marca via Mirror, they are still set to be hit in the pocket whether Messi remains at the club or not.
As per the report based on details published by La Vanguardia, Marca claim Messi is in line to bank another €39million (£34.8m) at the end of the current season.
That means Barcelona could still be paying Messi in 2025.
French club PSG have been handed a huge boost after the six-time Ballon d’Or winner reportedly hinted former teammate Neymar he will leave the French club this summer.
He nearly walked away from the Nou Camp outfit in August after handing the former board his transfer request.
Manchester City are hoping to sign the player on a free transfer in the summer as they hope to reunite him with his former boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.
However, Legit.ng earlier reported that Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min has been ranked Europe’s top five leagues most clinical finisher.
The 28-year-old winger outshined both Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski including Spurs teammate Harry Kane to the record.
Cristiano Ronaldo was nowhere near the top five players on the chart as the most successful player in the history of Champions League only made an appearance in the 13th position.
The South Korean man finished atop of the table with 44.41 per cent, while Kane and Messi came second and third with 21.33 and 21.31 per cents respectively.
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