With Lionel Messi being one of the biggest names in football, the massive revenue Paris Saint-Germain have generated after signing the Argentine has now reportedly been revealed.
The 34-year-old began his time in Paris on a positive note, with his debut for the Ligue 1 giants breaking the record for the most-watched French game in history, according to L'Equipe.
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While underwhelming by his standards, his six goals and 13 assists in 25 league games also helped Les Parisiens win the Ligue 1 title a record-equalling 10th title.
Despite their failure in the UEFA Champions League this season, PSG have made €700 million (R11 billion) in revenue over the past year, a record since Qatar Sports Investments took ownership of the club in 2011.
Per L’Equipe, part of this is down to sponsorship increases in the region of 13% following the signing of Messi. The club's deals with Crypto and Gorillas will bring in an additional €10 million (R167 million) while the European giants have made more than €300 million (R5 billion) from advertising revenue.
While many were concerned about the enormous €35 million (R587 million) annual salary Messi is reportedly earning at PSG, it seems the decision to sign him has proved a masterstroke, with the money returning twenty-fold.
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