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PSG, Ligue 1, tax authorities: what will be the economic impact of Messi’s arrival?


The figures are dizzy: by committing, free, for two seasons plus an optional third, with Paris-Saint-Germain, the Argentinian Lionel Messi, 34, should receive a net annual salary between 30 and 35 million euros and a signing bonus of 25 million euros. Unusual emoluments that will allow the six-time Ballon d’Or to maintain its rank among the best paid athletes in the world – in second position in 2021, with 110 million euros per year, just behind Connor McGregor, the fighter of MMA, according to “Forbes” magazine. But the “asset” Messi should especially bring big to his new owners.

In three days, he is already having an incredible impact! I hope Leo isn’t going to ask for a raise! “, Joked Nasser al-Khelaïfi, the CEO of PSG, this Wednesday at noon during the press conference of the player at the Parc des Princes. “The Obs” takes stock of the financial phenomenon Leo Messi.

What are the benefits for the French state?

Messi, soon to be the best taxpayer in France? As a reminder, during his last years in Spain, at FC Barcelona, ​​”la Pulga” would have paid some 370 million euros in taxes to the Spanish tax authorities, including 275 million euros in income tax – the rest being consisting of image rights. The equivalent of 120,000 average taxpayers, according to the newspaper “El Periodico”. Enough to give Bercy a smile, provided that the Argentinean stays in the nails … which has not always been the

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