No news in the sports world generated more buzz during the last week than Lionel Messi leaving FC Barcelona. The amazing story of a little boy with a health condition signing his contract on a piece of tissue and becoming the world’s best football player is nothing short of a movie, and yet that is exactly Lionel Messi’s career. He helped propel FC Barcelona to the top of the footballing world while becoming himself the face of the team and the sport. When it was announced that PSG had signed him on a 2-year deal, everyone was curious about the terms.
Besides the normal deal—including a 41$ million salary and image rights, it was reported that Paris Saint-Germain paid Lionel Messi a reported 25-30 million Euro worth of digital PSG Fan Tokens. For comparison, the token was worth 23$ per token on August 1st, while as of today, it stands at $34.59 (down from $40 per token on the 13th). This means that the price had doubled in two weeks. This growth is also in line with PSG’s number of followers on Instagram, which has increased by millions after the news. Similarly, there have been numerous reports of Messi selling out jerseys.