REVEALED: Barcelona were ‘paid to play’ Messi, Suarez and Neymar

Barcelona were reportedly paid to play Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez together in 2017, it has been revealed.

The Spanish giants received the reward after signing a contract ahead of their pre-season tour in the United States.

One of terms Barcelona had agreed with Relevent Sports was for just showing up in the Champions Cup match. According to Spiegel , Barcelona was given $3.25million for every appearance.




For their game against Manchester United , a bonus of $750,000 was paid.

Barcelona then played Real Madrid and were awarded an extra $6.5m. Combined with their game against United, the Spanish giants had made almost $14m in one week.

However, there were some stipulations, Relevent Sports included a clause in the deal punishing Barca if they did not play Messi, Neymar and Suarez in the pre-season El Clasico.

At that time, the three forwards made up what was arguably the best attacking trio in world football.

Capitalising on this, a clause was inserted into the deal which showed that if Messi did not play for at least 45 minutes Barcelona’s income would be cut by $750,000.




For Neymar the amount was $600,000, while the figure for Suarez was $450,000.

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If all three forwards failed to play the game, then $2m would be taken off the total sum.

JB

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