Messi rejected mega-offer
Lionel Messi apparently received a lucrative offer from the Chinese Super League before his contract with FC Barcelona was renewed.
Lionel Messi is playing as big this season as he did at his prime time. So far, he’s scored 27 times in 34 games, scoring 14 goals.
So it’s a good thing for FC Barcelona that an extension came about at the end of 2017. Good, too, because new details are now being revealed that show Messi had other options. Millions of dollars.
As reported by Mundo Deportivo, the Chinese club Hebei China Fortune was prepared to pull the exit clause and offer the Argentinean a huge salary.
This would have supposedly amounted to just under two million euros per week. That would have made him the best paid footballer of all time.
But Messi left the offer cold. He signed a new contract with Barcelona, where he also became the world’s best paid footballer. However, only around 566,000 euros per week until 2021.
The Chinese Super League club is being coached by Manuel Pellegrini and is about to overtake Guangzhou Evergrande. To get Messi, Hebei had two aces up his sleeve.
Those Aces were Javier Mascherano and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Messi knows both Argentinians well from the national team, with Mascherano, who only changed in the winter, he even played with Barcelona for a long time.
But all this was not enough to convince Messi.