Lionel Messi could have become the highest-paid footballer in the world in the last transfer window, as per reports. The Barcelona great, however, rejected the offer right away.
In a new expose, it has been revealed that some sides from the Chinese Super League( CSL) had entered into a bidding war for the Argentinian. He was offered an absolutely incredible 88 million pounds salary for one year, which would see him earn roughly 1.7 million pounds a week excluding bonuses.
The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner, however, rejected the contract offers right away. He instead extended his stay at Barcelona till January 2021, settling for an offer of 500,000 pounds per week minus bonuses.
In the same releases, it was also reported that some Chinese clubs were also eager to meet Messi’s insane release clause of 622 million pounds. The Chinese Government was also interested in funding the offer, but the craze subsequently died down.
As per Mundo Deportivo, Chinese clubs have now given up on the hope of luring Messi away. They have, instead procured the services of his club team-mates Javier Mascherano and Paulinho as well as his international colleague Ezequeil Lavezzi, who is coincidentally, the highest paid player in the world as of now. The likes of Axel Witsel, Yannick Carrasco and Oscar have all fallen prey to the money however, giving up promising careers in European football to chase the riches on offer.
Messi is currently considering his future with the Argentine national team and also preparing himself for the pre-season with Barcelona. Following his side’s early exit in the World Cup,he was reportedly distraught and has even been considering an international retirement for the second time.