Staggering numbers behind Lionel Messi's new Barcelona contract

He is set to 'earn' £72,000-a-DAY

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Lionel Messi will rake in a staggering £72,000-a-day when he signs his new Barcelona deal, according to reports.

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The Argentina superstar's Nou Camp contract expires next summer and he could yet leave on a free.

But that is unlikely as Messi, who turns 30 later this month, wants to stay at Barca for the remainder of his career.

And should he agree to a new extension, he will take home a staggering £504,000-a-week in a deal worth £26million-a-season.

Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claims Messi's representatives have already successfully negotiated a deal that will run until 2021.

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His release clause would in turn increase to a whopping £348m, ruling the possibility of him ever leaving the La Liga giants.

The 29-year-old, who moved to Spain aged 13 to join Barca, has won eight league titles and four Champions League crowns with the Catalan club, and has no plans to go anywhere else.

"It's what I always dreamed and what I always wanted. I would like to finish my career at Barcelona," Messi told Tencent Sports .

Barca had amazingly allowed Messi to get within 12 months of his current agreement ending - with worries he could quit the club with outgoing boss Luis Enrique .

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But the Argentine intends to stay at Blaugrana.

The report, from Spanish newspaper Marca , suggests the 29-year-old's pay packet will vary from year to year.

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Messi managed 54 goals in all competitions for Barcelona in just 52 games last season to prove he is still at the top of his game.

A lack of support an depth to the squad ultimately cost the Catalan giants though with a leaky defence on the road in Europe proving too much to overcome.

The season was salvaged with the Copa del Rey triumph but Messi will have been far from satisfied after rival Cristiano Ronaldo bagged another European crown and leads the race for this year's Ballon d'Or.

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