La Liga 'lacking star player' after Messi's Barcelona exit
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Antoine Griezmann has finally ended his Barcelona hoodoo and it has been reported how much the Frenchman earned in his time at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona in 2019 after consistently excelling for Atletico Madrid and France for five years.
A reported fee of £108million was only enough to make him Barca’s third-most expensive signing, behind Ousmane Dembele and failed star Philippe Coutinho.
There were extreme expectations on the Frenchman and he failed to deliver – ending up back under the management of Diego Simeone just two years later.
It will pain Barcelona fans across the world as to how much they lost on Griezmann in terms of transfer fee. The talisman went on loan with a reported obligation fee of £34m, meaning Barcelona lost £74m in fees.
And to make matters worse, Sport have disclosed how much the striker cost in wages – leaving the Blaugrana chiefs rueful of his signing.
According to the Spanish outlet, who claim they have had access to official documents, Griezmann earned a fixed wage of £15.4m (€18m) in his first season, working out at a wage of £300k per week.
And this increased by £1.7m (€2m) per year across his time in Catalonia.
There were other variables that upon reflection were excessive – a fee of £2m just for playing 60 per cent of Barcelona’s games being a highlight.
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Amazingly, if he had fulfilled his five-year contract and met all of the agreed clauses, he would have earned £151m in wages alone and thus costing Ronald Koeman’s men £258m for just a five-year stay.
However, this is contrary to former beliefs as various rumours were made about the Frenchman’s salary, with some claiming that Griezmann was on a wage of as high as £795,000 per week.
And although it slightly puts to bed suggestions on the Catalan outfit’s poor spending over the last decade, it is but a minor significance on their terrible financial woes.
Superstar and poster boy Lionel Messi had to leave the club on a free transfer last month, joining Paris Saint-Germain after La Liga salary caps meant the club couldn’t afford his wages.
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And there was a race against time to register Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero ahead of their incomings.
Barcelona have started the season well, notching up seven points from nine as they look to win the title for the first time in three seasons.
And with a home tie against Granada next, that run should continue.
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