When we at the Football Transfer Tavern heard that Lionel Messi had renewed his contract with Barcelona it came as no shock. What did however was the news from The Independent that Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala had bid an astronomical amount triggering the release clause for the best player in the world.
It speaks volumes about the amount of money that is now in football, given that Messi had a clause of around 250 million euros in his new contract, yet Guus Hiddink’s mega-rich Russian outfit reportedly managed to activate it.
Whilst the idea of Messi leaving Barcelona would probably please Real Madrid fans even more than any potential signing of Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, sadly this won’t be the case for Los Blancos supporters. It came at no surprise that Messi turned down the offer – no small feat when you consider that in addition to the buy out clause there was also an offer of 30 million euros per season – after tax.
Messi however rejected the offer his father and agent Jorge Messi called ‘irresistible’ in favour of staying at Barcelona – the club he has been at since a small boy. Of course his wages at Barcelona hardly have Messi joining the queue for the bread line, with his new deal making him one of the highest paid players in sport.