Leo Messi refused Russian offer of 30M per year

messi refused russian offer
It has come to light that while Leo Messi’s father Jorge and FC Barcelona were holding talks about the star’s contract extension to take him through to 2018; he received an offer from a Russian team that was almost irrefusable.

After tax, Messi would have been pocketing around 30 Million euros for each of the three seasons with the team, or about ninety Million euros over the three years to play in the Russian championship, which surely would have meant that Messi was in with a chance of winning everything from awards to added bonuses.

It was an immense offer that also included the solution to the problem of his contractual situation with the Catalan club as Leo was already tied up until 2016 along with being subject to a termination of contract clause that the Russian club in question was even willing to pay .

Prudence and moderation by Messi and Messi senior

The Russian club’s proposal however, was not used in the negotiations held between Jorge Messi and Sandro Rosell, who incidentally, had no knowledge of the said proposal. Instead, Messi senior and son exercised both prudence and restraint in the conducting of what would be Leo’s last contract extension at the club.

In fact, Leo Messi wasn’t interested in the Russian deal for various reasons, with the main one being the opportunity to continue winning major titles with Barcelona where he plays surrounded by such great players as Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Puyol, Piqué, Pedro, Villa, Cesc and Valdés. These players that embrace Messi are all champions in their own right and the Argentine lives in a unique footballing environment where Messi himself is the icing on the cake.

With Messi’s continuity at the club he loves and the high level of football that this guarantees to Barca along with the stability of the club and the roots he has laid down in a city where his first son has just been born is something that no amount of money can buy.

Messi’s plans include winning games, trophies and carving out a place in footballing history as one of the best players of all time. The Russian league does not even compare to other leagues in Europe and the weather and language barriers along with abandoning his dream at Barcelona would not be worth any quantity of money thrown at the player.

After all that Messi has accomplished at Barcelona, it would be like throwing it all away. Messi has more or less signed his last contract that keeps him at the club until 2018. This would mean literally hanging up his boots at the Catalan club, something that Messi is very happy to do.

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