Barcelona will have to tighten their purse strings for the foreseeable future.
According to AS, the club are close to financial trouble after it was revealed last week that Lionel Messi is set for a huge pay rise.
As revealed by Argentinean newspaper ARA, Messi’s wages will climb from €22.8 million net per year to €39.4m at the end of the season.
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Messi’s 73 per cent pay rise isn’t the only thing that will cause a damaging hit to Barcelona’s accounts. When Neymar joined the Spanish club in 2014, he signed an agreement that would see his annual wages rise after two seasons at the club.
Neymar will go from earning €9.1m a year net to €17.6m, a staggering 93 per cent increase.
Being the most successful club in the modern era comes at a cost, it would appear.
The signings of Neymar and Luis Suarez, combined with homegrown stars including Messi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets, have helped Barcelona build a dynasty but in order for the club to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, they will be forced to increase their income.
Neymar to Madrid
How that’s done remains to be seen. Reports have linked Neymar with a move to Real Madrid, which would cut the Brazilian from the wage bill. There are also plans for Barcelona to increase its commercial activity in order to raise €1 billion a year by 2021.
All La Liga clubs are forced to meet a salary cap imposed by the league of €421m. Barcelona are walking a fine line - their wage bill for players and staff is currently €419m.
AS calculate that from June, Messi, Neymar and Suarez will account for €155m of Barcelona’s overall wage bill.