Sunday, December 16, 2012
Lionel Messi - Not Only The Best But Highest Paid
Although his bonuses, as well as sponsorship, invariably take Messi past those players, the new deal could see his basic pay leave him clear of the field.
It would also see him pull away from Cristiano Ronaldo's estimated £9m annual earnings before bonuses.
That will annoy Ronaldo's camp, who have been frustrated by Real Madrid's failure to start talks over a new deal for the Portugal attacker.
Today, Messi comes up against Atletico Madrid and the player Roman Abramovich wants to put in a similar pay league at Stamford Bridge, Radamel Falcao.
The Chelsea owner will offer the Colombia striker a five-year, £200,000-a-week contract but his dream of landing the world's most wanted No 9 could be thwarted by Real.
A bid of €60m (£48.8m) will land the striker, who destroyed Chelsea in the European Super Cup in August, but Real president Florentino Perez is committed to meeting that asking price at the end of the season.
Just as Messi is beyond the reach of the Chelsea owner, Real's determination not to miss out on Falcao - as they did Sergio Aguero - threatens the Russian's chances of landing his latest top target.
A gentleman's agreement between Real and Atletico has in the past stopped the former from signing the latter's players but Perez was criticized by fans for allowing Aguero to join Manchester City last season.
He is up for re-election this summer and needs a big signing to help him win.
Despite the Madrid clubs' understanding, Aguero was bound for Real before the start of last season until differences over which agent would be used scuppered the deal.
That will not be an issue as Falcao is represented by Jorge Mendes, who already manages a host of Real's top players, including Ronaldo.
Perez was at an awards ceremony in midweek with Falcao and was filmed without his knowledge joking with the player and goalkeeper Iker Casillas that he would pass the striker a serviette with the words 'do you want to sign for Madrid?' on it.
This is a reference to the note he scrawled on a napkin for Zinedine Zidane when the two met prior to the Frenchman signing for Real from Juventus.
Perez was alerted to the rolling cameras by Casillas, who told him: 'Be careful, president. They are filming.'
The man who landed Zidane as well as Luis Figo, Ronaldo and David Beckham in the team that became known as the Galaticos wants another earth-shattering signing to send out a message to football's new money.
Messi's Barca teammate David Villa, another former Chelsea target, could also be on his way out of Spain after being edged out at Nou Camp.
The 31-year-old was the last of former president Joan Laporta's signings and is on a €6m-a-year deal that runs until 2014.
He has started six league games this season.
Top 10 Richest Players
1 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £27.5m
2 David Beckham (Free agent) £26.2m
3 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) £24.3m
4 S amuel Eto'o (Anzhi Makhachkala) £19.4m
5 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) £17.2m
6 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain) £16m
7 Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) £15.7m
8 Yaya Toure (Manchester City) £14.7m
9 Fernando Torres (Chelsea) £13.9m
10 Kaka (Real Madrid) £12.9m
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