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How much money would the Spanish hacienda lose with the departure of Lionel Messi?

The possible departure of Lionel Messi from Barcelona, with whom he no longer has a contract, has everyone waiting for what will happen. However, not only the fans suffer, but also the Spanish treasury.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

The continuity of the Rosario star Lionel Messi in Barcelona has the football world in suspense and on the same scale the Spanish treasury, because if he leaves the Catalan club he will no longer receive a large collection figure based on taxes.

"Messi contributes to the Spanish Treasury as 120,000 middle-class people, taking into account the average paid by citizens", quotes the sporting portal Sport to give an account of the impact that the departure of the symbol of Barcelona would generate to another country. According to Sport, based on a report by El Periódico, Messi paid more than 370 million euros to the treasury in tax capacity since 2017, the last year of renewal with Barcelona so far.

Of that amount, a large part corresponds to income tax (IRPF) with 275 million euros and the rest to wealth tax, net wealth and corporate tax for image rights, in addition to other variants such as advertising contracts that do not they can exceed 15% of the amount you receive in total.

The Spanish Ministry of Finance is the toughest compared to the rest of the major European leagues. Messi, according to Sport, declares to the treasury about half of what he receives in salaries in an approximate figure of 50 million euros a year.

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