Real Madrid tried to sign Lionel Messi for astronomical fee in 2013

Messi 'hurt' by video messages during cancer battle reveals Abidal

Messi 'hurt' by video messages during cancer battle reveals Abidal

Real Madrid were willing to smash the world record transfer fee to sign Lionel Messi from fierce rivals Barcelona in 2013, according to a new report.

With Messi's income split between set wages and image rights, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will earn around €71m-a-year through his wages alone - making up a total of 85% of his income.

The reason for the above statement might become clearer as this article progresses, so please stick with me.

The Argentine was once again at his best on Thursday night, when he scored two goals and provided the assist for another in the Blaugrana's 5-0 thrashing of Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey.

The centre of midfield is being run by a Real Madrid axis of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. They'll go down as two of the best ever players. His Madrid teammate Marcelo was the second most selected player with 70% votes.

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid): 73.7%.

And with such a hefty release clause, Messi's future remains at the Camp Nou.

One thing is for sure, if we had the money we'd all happily pay Messi whatever he liked!

Pedrerol appears to have accepted his mistake, thanking Abidal for the correction and insisting this is how the interview was related on his programme.

Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard are the only players from the Premier League to feature in the UEFA Team of the year as they make their maiden appearance.

UEFA.com shortlisted 50 players on the basis of their performances in the calendar year for the selections of the team of the year. The Catalan giants finally after months of desperately chasing the Brazilian managed to pry him away from Liverpool, but it looks like that spells bad news for Aleix Vidal.

But it turns out that the figures reported by the media may be inaccurate.

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