Good news for Barça fans: Lionel Messi’s contract is renewed to last until June 30, 2021, with an optional extra year if both parties agree.
According to Sport de Barcelona, the newlywed soccer player’s renewed salary will go from 22.8 million euros a year to 40 million, with a sign-on bonus undisclosed among the English-speaking press. Additionally, his contract includes a buy-out clause of about 300 million to put off other clubs, and Messi will receive 10 million in the event that someone pays.
This is Messi’s 8th contract renewal in his career with FC Barcelona since he was 13 years old. The last contract he signed was from May 19, 2014 to 2018, so the club’s announcement today is causing Barça fans all over the world to sigh in relief.
Last year, the Spanish Supreme Court convicted Lionel Messi for tax evasion, originally sentencing him and his father, Jorge Messi, to 21 and 15 months in prison, respectively.
Instead of going to jail, the Messis paid a fine of 255,000 euros. On top of this, they paid a cumulative additional fine of 3.5 million euros and a voluntary 5 million euro payment equal to the tax they had defrauded Spain of between 2007 and 2009.
Lionel Messi denied knowledge of his own tax evasion, a statement supported by FC Barcelona, though Spanish tax authorities say that his father used offshore shell companies to shield their income from tax.