Lionel Messi, soccer's four-time world player of the year, signed a revised contract with Barcelona on Monday that will make him the sport's best-paid player.
The new deal will reportedly pay him a base salary of $27.4 million a season. Spanish media reports say Messi will also get nearly $7 million a year on bonuses. In addition, the 26-year-old Argentine will regain control of his image rights, which could bring in millions more.
Based on wages and endorsement, Forbes estimated Messi was among the 10 best-paid athletes in the world last year.
Before Messi signed his new contract, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, the reigning player of the year, was soccer's best-paid player, getting $25 million in base salary from Real Madrid.
Messi's deal runs through the 2017-18 season. Since Messi debuted with the Spanish club in 2004-05, Barcelona has won 21 titles, including six league championships and three Champions League crowns.
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