Lionel Messi: a soccer player of a billion dollars

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The amount required to take advantage of the clause in discharge of Lionel Messi would be almost the equivalent of what the Manchester United club generates in revenue in a year.

If a rival team was going to pay the clause of discharge of 700 million euros (1.06 billion dollars) of Lionel Messi, the FC Barcelona could potentially buy 9 of the 20 teams whose value is the highest in the world.

 

Or the club would be enough to buy all the players of Major League Soccer. It might even offer five million shirts of Barcelona.

 

The probability that someone decides to take advantage of the clause appears to be very low, especially as this does not ensure that the incredible striker accepts the transfer anyway. But after the record amount of 222 million euros (337 million) and Paris Saint-Germain paid to Barcelona for Neymar, the team is clearly attempting to scare off all the potential candidates.

 

The president of FC Barcelona said that the club had decided to do more than double the original provision of Messi for 300 million euros (455 million) because of what happened with Neymar.

 

The clauses of the safe harbor are not used in all countries, but they are often implemented to help protect the clubs and give the players the right to leave for a fee if they are not satisfied or want better deals.

 

Here’s a preview of what $ 700 million can buy in the world of football :

 

The best clubs. Nine football teams whose value is the highest in the world are worth less than the new clause in the contract of Messi, according to Forbes. According to the rankings the most recent, only 11 of the 20 richest clubs worth over 700 million euros. Among the teams with a lower value, we find the Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

 

The revenues of Manchester United. The amount required to take advantage of the clause in discharge of Messi would be almost the equivalent of what Manchester United generates revenue in a year. The English club has dominated a recent ranking of the clubs that generate the most significant revenues to football, according to the accounting firm Deloitte. It has generated 515,3 million pounds (882 million) for the 2015-2016 season.

 

All the players of the MLS. Players from the 22 teams in the MLS have a market value of 407 million euros (US $485 million), according to the specialized site of the German Transfermarkt, which analyses transfers across the world.

 

Five teams of expansion. The MLS has set the fee for a team of expansion to US $150 million, which means that owners could get five teams of expansion with the money they paid to acquire Messi.

 

All the training of Barcelona. All the other players on the Barcelona team have a combined value of € 586 million, according to Transfermarkt.

 

What could you offer with the clause of discharge of Lionel Messi ?

 

If a rival team was going to pay the clause of discharge of 700 million euros (834 million US$) of Lionel Messi, the FC Barcelona could potentially buy 9 of the 20 teams whose value is the highest in the world.

 

Or the club would be enough to buy all the players of Major League Soccer.

 

It might even offer five million shirts of Barcelona.

 

The probability that someone decides to take advantage of the clause appears to be very low, especially as this does not ensure that the incredible striker accepts the transfer anyway. But after the record amount of 222 million euros (264 million US$) Paris Saint-Germain paid to Barcelona for Neymar, the team is clearly attempting to scare off all the potential candidates.

 

The president of Barcelona, Josep Bartomeu, has stated that the club had decided to do more than double the original provision of Messi for 300 million euros (358 million US$) because of what happened with Neymar.

 

The clauses of the safe harbor are not used in all countries, but they are often implemented to help protect the clubs and give the players the right to leave for a fee if they are not satisfied or want better deals.

 

Here’s a preview of what $ 700 million can buy in the world of football :

 

The best clubs

 

Nine football teams whose value is the highest in the world are worth less than the new clause in the contract of Messi, according to Forbes.

 

According to the rankings the most recent, only 11 of the 20 richest clubs worth over 700 million euros. Among the teams with a lower value, we find the Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

 

The revenues of Manchester United

 

The amount required to take advantage of the clause in discharge of Messi would be almost the equivalent of what Manchester United generates revenue in a year.

 

The English club has dominated a recent ranking of the clubs that generate the most significant revenues to football, according to the accounting firm Deloitte. It has generated 515,3 million pounds (689 million euros) for the 2015-2016 season.

 

All the players in the MLS

 

Players from the 22 teams in the MLS have a market value of 407 million euros (US $485 million), according to the specialized site of the German Transfermarkt, which analyses transfers across the world.

 

Five teams expansion

 

The MLS has set the fee for a team of expansion to US $150 million, which means that owners could get five teams of expansion with the money they paid to acquire Messi.

 

All the training in Barcelona

 

All the other players on the Barcelona team have a combined value of $ 586 million euros (698 million US$) this season, according to Transfermarkt.

 

The teams could hypothetically make a cross on Messi and try to hire the rest of the Barcelona players for a lot less than what they would have to spend for the argentine forward.

 

A plethora of sweaters

 

The 700 million euros would suffice to provide five million jerseys of Barcelona at a cost of 140 euros (167 million US$) the unit.

 

The official replica costs 85 euros (101 US$), which would allow a total of more than eight million sweaters.

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