Messi first to break 100 million barrier

Messi first to break 100 million barrier

Lionel Messi last year became the first football player in history to have guaranteed earnings of over 100 million euros, a Football Leaks report revealed yesterday.

Messi, or rather his father, signed a four-year deal in June last year which featured two documents, a work contract and an image contract, both of which have been leaked.

However that contract was not the final copy and Messi later renegotiated the terms, penning a final deal on November 25 which would sensibly be even better.

The base figures of the contract signed in June were already staggering. On top of an enormous signing bonus of 63. 5 million euros, Messi was to be paid 71,053,846 euros per season as wages.

For comparison, Cristiano Ronaldo's new five-year contract, also penned in November 2017, raised his base salary to 50. 5 million euros, significantly behind his Argentine rival.

Although the Argentine has always been faithful to the Blaugrana, he also has a 70 million euro loyalty bonus in his deal, which would be paid to him if he stayed at the Nou Camp till the conclusion of his contract in 2021.

Those two bonuses mean that his deal comes out to 417. 5 million euros over four years, or 104. 4 million euros per season.

To break the numbers down even further and just provide a glimpse of what the best player in the world earns, consider that he is earning 286,140 euros per day, or 11,922 euros per hour.

His daily wages dwarf most of the wages that the vast majority of footballers over the world earn in a month and in fact a calculation carried out in June showed that Messi's wages accounted for 40 per cent of Barcelona's payroll.

Interestingly it was reported that the contract also featured an 'ultra-secret' clause, not listed in the documents. According to sources at the Nou Camp, 23 million euros were included in Messi's bonuses as a payment to 'regularise' his taxes.

If he plays 60 per cent of the games in the year, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will get 1. 9 million euros more. He will also get 2. 7 million euros if Barcelona win La Liga and will receive a maximum of 12 million euros if they win the Champions League.

Taking all the bonuses into consideration, the superstar stands to make as much as 122. 5 million euros per season, a sum that puts him over the budget of Olympique de Marseille, the fourth richest club in Ligue 1.

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No Rat In The Rafale Deal

No Rat In The Rafale Deal

by Major General Mrinal Suman

Quite unexpectedly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while on a tour of France in April 2015, announced that India had decided to negotiate the purchase of 36 “ready-to-fly” French-made Rafale fighter jets in a government-to-government contract to meet emergent requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF). It was claimed th

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Indian Navy Looking At More P-8I 'Submarine Killers': Admiral Lanba

Indian Navy Looking At More P-8I 'Submarine Killers': Admiral Lanba

NEW DELHI: The Indian Navy is considering the acquisition of more Boeing P-8I aircraft for surveillance and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), according to Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.

In an interview to the magazine 'India Strategic', Admiral Lanba said that air surveillance capability is an important subset of naval operations and that while the

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Spurs chief says Kane, Alli not for sale

Spurs chief says Kane, Alli not for sale

Mauricio Pochettino's side are currently out of the Champions League places, although they can draw level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool if they win at Wembley and overtake Jurgen Klopp's side if they beat the Toffees by five goals or more.

But the club have a new 61,500-seat stadium to pay for at a time when rivals with deeper pockets are eyeing some of their top performers.

Top scorer Kane is reportedly coveted by Real Madrid and the Champions League holders have also been linked with midfielder Alli, along with Paris Saint-Germain. Left-back Danny Rose is believed to be a target for Manchester United.

But Levy has made it clear that the current window is a time for squad-strengthening, not weakening, and said he would reject any unwanted offers in the summer as well.

I'm 100 per cent confident," he said. Every single player that we want to keep, I can assure you will be playing for Tottenham Hotspur next season.

Mauricio's strategy has always been that if an opportunity arises that he thinks can improve the squad then we will need to look at it, but January is always a very difficult window.

Levy is in negotiations with Alli over a new contract that would bring him roughly into line with the money paid to Kane, who is Tottenham's highest earner and who may be granted a contract upgrade himself soon.

Midfielder Harry Winks is a doubt against Everton because of an ankle injury, Rose is set to miss out because of a knee problem while centre-back Toby Alderweireld is working his way towards a comeback from a hamstring tear sustained in early November.

The encouraging start to Sam Allardyce's reign as Everton manager has faded in recent weeks. The Toffees have not won in five matches and are out of the FA Cup following a painful third-round defeat at Liverpool last week.

Defender Mason Holgate was involved in a confrontation with Roberto Firmino at Anfield that could have consequences for both players.

Having claimed he was racially abused by the Liverpool striker, Holgate himself is reportedly facing the prospect of Football Association action for alleged homophobic tweets sent from a now-deleted Twitter account more than five years ago.

There is better news elsewhere for Allardyce, with right-back Seamus Coleman back in training after nine months out with a broken leg and Turkey striker Cenk Tosun set for his debut after completing his £27 million ($36 million, 30 million euros) move from Besiktas.

Captain Phil Jagielka has acknowledged that Everton have to be better in attack, saying: "The gaffer does not say to us that the be all and end all is to defend and we forget about going forward.

He wants us to cause problems for the teams we play against. It is up to us to find a mixture of both defensive resolve and attacking purpose.

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Ka-226T Preparing To Land In India

Ka-226T Preparing To Land In India

Despite the slow progress of the Russian Helicopters Ka-226T India-Russia deal, it is set to be signed at last in the first quarter of this year

Andrey Boginsky, director general of Russian Helicopters, said that all details of the contract for delivery of 200 Kamov Ka-226T light utility helicopters to the Indian MoD were expected to be finally

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