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Lionel Messi's PSG contract details revealed

In an exclusive report this Saturday, French newspaper L'Equipe has revealed details about Lionel Messi's contract, which will see him earn the same as Neymar and more than Mbappé.

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Lionel Messi's PSG contract details revealed
STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN AFP

Details of Lionel Messi’s lucrative PSG contract have come to light in France over a month after he joined the club from Barcelona on a free transfer after the Catalan outfit were unable to register the Argentine striker due to LaLiga’s financial fair play rules.

According to an exclusive report by L’Equipe, Messi will receive a net salary of €110 million ($129 million) over three seasons on the condition that he fulfills the entire contract he has signed with PSG, which is divided into two fixed years and an additional optional year.

The €110 million will be distributed over the three seasons. In his first season (that is, the current one), the Rosario-born forward will earn €30 million net. Over the following two seasons, he will receive €40 million net per season.

Messi’s PSG deal on par with Neymar’s

As confirmed by L'Équipe, Messi's salary is identical to that of Neymar, who signed a new contract earlier this year, and higher than that of Kylian Mbappé, who has rejected several lucrative contract extension proposals amid reports he wants to leave to join Real Madrid when his contract expires next summer.

As revealed by PSG when signing the player in August, part of Messi’s salary will be paid in cryptocurrency fan tokens, which are a type of cryptocurrency that allow holders to vote on mostly minor decisions related to their clubs. With the volume of trading having surged after reports of Messi's move to the club emerged, fan tokens will reportedly provide PSG with an injection of between €25 and €30 million per season.

Messi’s PSG loyalty bonus

In addition, Messi -- who did not pocket a transfer bonus as sources close to the player confirmed -- will receive a loyalty bonus that amounts to €15 million euros gross, which would ultimately be €10 million net.

Messi's salary is similar to what he would have received at Barcelona if he had been able to continue, since he was willing to cut his salary by 50% which would have seen him earn 30 million euros net per season. But despite Messi’s willingness to cut his salary in half, Barcelona’s wage bill still would have been too high under LaLiga’s financial fair play regulations, which is why the Catalan club was unable to re-register the Argentine great after his contract expired in June.