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The Professional Players Association revealed that Argentine star Lionel Messi has an annual salary of…

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The Professional Players Association revealed that Argentine star Lionel Messi, with an annual salary of $20.45 million at Inter Miami, is the highest-paid player in the North American Football League in 2024.

The Players’ Association regularly publishes full wage details for the entire league, and while it was no surprise to see the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner at the top, the gap between other players and teams is already striking.

Messi has a guaranteed compensation of $20,446,667 million, which includes a base salary of $12 million, in addition to various bonuses.

The figures – received from the association – do not include the huge income that the world champion receives from commercial deals, deals and sponsorships from companies such as Adidas and Apple.

Messi signed his last contract with Barcelona in 2017, for a period of 4 years, giving him the possibility of earning 138 million euros per season, including salary and bonuses.

“The Flea” moved to Paris Saint-Germain in August 2021, after the end of his contract with Barcelona, ​​and there were reports that he received between 30 and 35 million euros with the French club.

The 36-year-old playmaker joined Inter Miami last July on a deal until the end of the 2025 season, but may still receive payments from Barcelona.

Catalan club president Joan Laporta said in January 2022 that the club is scheduled to postpone paying the player’s salaries until 2025.

Toronto’s former Italian international striker Lorenzo Insigne, who was the highest-paid player in the American League until Messi’s arrival, ranked second on the list with a guaranteed income of $15.4 million from the Canadian club.

Messi’s former colleague in Barcelona, ​​35-year-old Spaniard Sergio Busquets, came in third place with a guaranteed salary of $8.8 million.

Their former teammates at the Catalan club, Uruguayan striker Luis Soares and Spanish left-back Jordi Alba, receive $1.5 million annually.

The total wage bill at Inter Miami is $41.68 million, Toronto comes second with $31.41 million, and Columbus, the league champion, has a total salary cost of $15.19 million, and is ranked 21st in the league.