Sure, he's the arguably the greatest player in history – but does Lionel Messi's value really surpass the nine-figure mark?

Apparently so. Bank-rolled clubs have been linked with offering Barcelona frankly stupid amounts of money to prise away their all-time top scorer.

With the kind of cash being reported, one could buy more than 100 Bugatti Veyron supercars and still have enough left over to fit them all in a new diamond-encrusted garage. Or if fast cars don't float your boat; you could splash it on 392,156,863 Mars bars instead.

Although most of these crazy rumours have been promptly quashed since surfacing, it's laughable to look back on some alleged deals that would have taken 'big-spending' to a frightening new level.

Here's five of the most sensational rumoured bids for the Argentine...

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