Lionel Messi's nine incredible demands to Barcelona if they wanted him to stay included his own private plane.
The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner was locked in intense contract negotiations with the Spanish giants back in 2020, with just one year remaining on his deal. According to El Mundo, Messi had nine demands that needed to be met for him to renew his deal, only for then president Josep Bartomeu to reject two of them.
A year later, Barca agreed a new deal with Messi but were unable to register him due to La Liga sanctions, allowing him to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
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The move ended Messi's 21-year association with the club, which saw him make 778 appearances, scoring 672 goals and providing 303 assists. He also won 35 major trophies including four Champions Leagues and 10 league titles.
Here, Daily Star Sport breaks down his nine demands, including the two rejected by Barcelona.
Despite being 33-years-old at the time of the negotiations in 2020, Messi wanted a longer deal than the common one-year extension for players his age.
As a result, he requested that Barcelona offer him a three-year contract extension so that he could finish his career with the club.
Private box for his and Luis Suarez's family
Having formed a close friendship with team-mate Luis Suarez during their time together at Barca, Messi wanted the club to look after his fellow forward.
Messi asked that a private box be made available at the Nou Camp for both their families at anytime. Although the club agreed to this demand, Suarez left the club later in 2020.
€10million renewal bonus
The first of two demands rejected by Barca, Messi wanted a payment of €10million or £8.75million included in the deal to reward his loyalty to the club.
However, due to the financial difficulties the club were following stemming from the Covid pandemic, his demand could not be met.
Kylian Mbappe's most recent Paris Saint-Germain contract is understood to be the only deal to include a renewal fee anywhere near this amount.
Lowering of release clause
In order to have flexibility of his future as part of his new contract, Messi wanted the club to reduce his release clause from £610million down to just £8,720.
It is understood that he felt this would allow him to leave whenever and wherever he wanted but the request was rejected by the Barcelona hierarchy.
Repayment of wage cuts with interest
Barcelona players agreed to take wage cuts during the Covid pandemic to help the club deal with the financial impacts of having no fans attending matches.
However, Messi wanted to be reimbursed for the wages he had given up as well as a three per cent interest payment on top.
Private plane at Christmas
Messi and his family often travel back to Argentina during the La Liga winter break in order to spend Christmas in their homeland.
As a result, he wanted the club to provide a private jet as part of his new contract to take him and his family home from Spain each year.
Wage increase with tax
Although it is not known what wages Messi demanded as part of the negotiations, he wanted his net salary to stay the same for the duration of the deal.
This meant the club agreeing to increase his wages in line with any rise in taxes implemented by the Spanish government so that Messi continued to earn the same amount.
During the final years of his time at the Nou Camp, Barcelona employed a personal assistant, Pepe Costa, for Messi.
Costa's job security was thrown into doubt during the Covid pandemic, but Messi insisted that he kept his role and wanted assurances over his future before signing an extension.
Commission for this brother
Messi's final demand saw him ask the club to pay his brother Rodrigo a commission fee as part of the deal.
Barcelona were left with little choice but to agree to this demand as Rodrigo was representing promising youngster Ansu Fati at the time.
With negotiations over Fati's contract on the horizon, Barce felt that agreeing to this demand would prove crucial in tying the teenager down to a new long-term deal.
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