Lionel Messi

Paris eyes pull of brand Messi: shirts, social media and TV rights

France — Link

Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi said people would be "shocked" by the revenue the 34-year-old former Barcelona star would bring to the club. 

Lionel Messi seals Paris move as he signs 2 year contract with PSG

France — Link

The deal for the former Barcelona star is worth about €35m a year net and the Argentine has an option to extend it.

Revealed: Lionel Messi and his father in new alleged tax scam

International — Investigation

Documents obtained from the whistleblowing platform Football Leaks reveal a financial structure that Spanish tax authorities suspect was used to hide part of the remunerations paid to FC Barcelona star player Lionel Messi, already convicted of tax fraud in 2016 along with his father Jorge Messi. The documents detail how the latter received 6.7 million euros from the Catalan club via a Luxembourg bank account belonging to a shell company registered in London.

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

International — Investigation

Barcelona's star Lionel Messi has become the first footballer in the world to be on a 100-million-euros a year contract, according to documents supplied by whistle-blowing platform Football Leaks and revealed by Mediapart and other members of the journalistic consortium European Investigative Collaborations (EIC). They show that the Argentine player signed a four-year deal with the Catalan club worth more than 400 million euros to keep him at the club until 2021. Mediapart and the EIC can also reveal that Messi's club Barcelona helped him pay millions of euros in back taxes in relation to his children's charity after they were advised that some club donations to it should have been classified as salary payments. Yann Philippin, Rafael Buschmann, Michael Wulzinger, Nicola Naber (Der Spiegel) and Paula Guisado (El Mundo) report.