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Barcelona, Lionel Messi reach $50 million-a-year deal

FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi reached an agreement to keep him with the only club he has ever known. Barcelona made the announcement on their website in a statement.

statement on the club’s website read: “FC Barcelona has reached an agreement to adjust the terms in the contract binding Leo Messi to the club as a professional first-team player.

“The revised and updated contract will be signed over the next few days.”

According to Forbes Barcelona is looking to give Messi a considerable raise, one that puts his earnings closer to his La Liga rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s pay at Real Madrid.

They are the two highest earning footballers in the world with Ronaldo banking an estimated $73 million, including endorsements, in 2013. Messi’s haul: $65 million. Now Barcelona plans to close the gap between their on-pitch salaries with a new deal for Messi that is expected to match or slightly exceed Ronaldo’s $50 million annual salary with Real.

Ronaldo signed a $50 million-a-year deal with Madrid in September. Messi is arguably a better player than Ronaldo, a debate that many soccer enthusiasts are divided on. Messi has won four of the last five FIFA Ballon d’Ors, awarded to the best soccer player in the world. Out of the last six years Ronaldo has won it twice.

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