Footballing megastar Leo Messi would want double the wages of Mohamed Salah if he was to join Liverpool, according to reports.
Barcelona shocked the world yesterday with their announcement that Messi would not be continuing at Camp Nou.
While his contract has been up since last month, it was expected that he would put pen to paper on a new deal this week.
Despite the two sides agreeing a deal, La Liga refused to allow it to be completed due to financial reasons.
So, the greatest player of all time will be leaving the club that he has been with since childhood.
This has led to speculation about where to next for Messi.
Well, James Pearce has been quick to rule out a move to Liverpool. He said that we can safely say that Anfield will not be his next destination.
The journalist also claimed that Messi would want double what Liverpool’s top earner gets.
According to Sportrac, that would be twice the £200,000-a-week earned by both Salah and Thiago Alcantara. So, Messi would be expecting wages of £400,000-per-week.
Of course, we think there is almost no chance of the Argentine joining Liverpool.
But if Pearce’s claims are correct, then the Reds should be seriously considering making a shock move for him.
Money not an issue for Messi to Liverpool
We know that Liverpool are one of the best-run clubs around. They are run well so they do not end up like Barcelona have.
Part of this involves spending money on young players and using a very sensible wage structure to ensure that the club is financially sustainable in the long term and that every player is happy with their place in the squad.
So, bringing in a 34-year-old on twice the wages of the current highest earner is completely insane on the face of things.
But this is Lionel Messi we are talking about. Despite his age, he is still the best in the world.
Considering that he is available without having to pay a transfer fee, his high wages would be well balanced out.
It would only cost Liverpool £20.8m over the course of the season. This is less than the transfer fee paid for Thiago last season, never mind his wages on top of that.
Would any current Red seriously be opposed to Messi coming in and breaking the wage structure in a one-off case? If it was anyone else then maybe, but not Leo Messi.
Barcelona president Joan Laporte confirmed that the forward agreed to a five-year deal while being paid for just two years. It is clear that money is not Messi’s motivator.
We saw with the signing of Thiago last year that FSG can change their transfer stance in special cases. Well, this is the most special of cases.
Liverpool are one of the top sides on the planet, why would he not want to join? It’s not like he has many options.
Again, we do not expect this to happen at all.
But it is not a completely ridiculous suggestion whatsoever.