Lionel Messi sent shockwaves across the world of sport when it was announced that was leaving FC Barcelona and signing for PSG in August 2021. The Argentinian spent over a decade in Catalonia and left the club amid financial trouble for the five-time European Champions. He joined Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappé in an attacking triumvirate that would strike fear into anyone who came up against them.
Mabppé, Messi’s World Cup 2022 final rival, joined the French club in 2018, for a reported fee of around $180 million from domestic rivals Monaco, making him the most expensive player in history to be transferred to a team in the same league.
Lionel Messi during his official presentation at PSG.SARAH MEYSSONNIERREUTERS
How much do the two players earn?
As is to be expected, both players are on astronomical wages, given the seemingly limitless financial clout that the club has. Like the transfer of Neymar from Barcelona in 2017 for a reported fee of $222 million (which made him the most expensive player of all time), the moves made to PSG by Mbappé and Messi broke all preconceived ideas of valuation and changed how people viewed the price of players through all the levels of the sport.
Despite Messi’s record of being awarded the best player in the world 7 times, he is reportedly not the highest earner at the club, according to L’Équipe. That title goes to his Brazilian teammate, Neymar, who is said to be on a mind-boggling €4.083 million – a month!
Messi does, however, come ahead of Mbappé in terms of salary, with the Argentine earning €3.375 million a month; the Frenchman is said to be on €2.220 million per month.
PSG player salaries (per month) as per L’Équipe
Neymar – €4.083mLionel Messi – €3.375mKylian Mbappe – €2.220mMarquinhos – €1.2mMarco Verratti – €1.2mAchraf Hakimi – €1.083mKeylor Navas – €1mAngel Di Maria – €950,000Georginio Wijnaldum – €916,000Gianluigi Donnarumma – €916,000