Lionel Messi, his 100 million-euros-a-season deal and his 'tax saving' charity

By and Raphaël Buschmann, Michael Wulzinger et Nicola Naber (Der Spiegel)

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Lionel Messi has become the first footballer in the world to be on a contract worth 100 million euros a season, Mediapart and other European media can reveal. Documents supplied by Football Leaks and revealed by the journalistic consortium European Investigative Collaborations (EIC), of which Mediapart is a member, show that on June 30th, 2017, the same day he married his fiancée Antonella Roccuzzo, the Argentine star had agreed a four-year-deal with Barcelona worth more than 400 million euros which will keep him at the Catalan club until 2021.