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Just in: Lionel Messi transfer generates £612million financial windfall for PSG

The signing of Lionel Messi has generated Paris Saint-Germain an extra €700million (£612m) in income due to commercial deals.

Messi joined PSG on a two-year contract a year ago from Barcelona as a free agent. Messi’s contract at the club sees him earn £34m (€40m) for the final year in Paris, having earned £25.5m (€30m) from the first year of his deal.

The French club have added 13 per cent to their income streams since Messi’s arrival due to deals struck with several brands including Dior, Gorillas,, PlayBetR, GOAT, Smart Good Thins, Volt, Big Cola, Sports Water and Autohero

The details are reported by El Economista, who outlines the increase in sponsorship and branding across the club, which brings in significant income streams that largely offset the cost of signing the Argentine superstar.

Marc Armstrong, PSG’s business director, has told Marca about the impact of Messi’s arrival: “Demand has grown between 30 per cent and 40 per cent. When one of these transfers takes place, people think that they are paid by selling shirts, and that is not entirely the case. You cannot produce a lot of extra shirts. The agreement is made to cover some minimums, which are very important, but you cannot satisfy all the demand for Messi shirts.”

There is a common misconception following big-name arrivals that is based on the premise that football clubs receive most of the money from sales of their merchandise.

For shirt sales, this is not the case with clubs making a profit from pre-agreed deals rather than individual sales. However, future deals are based upon those sales so they do generate a longer-term benefit

Analysis from Brand Finance last year outlined the financial impact Messi’s exit from the Camp Nou was likely to have on the Catalan giants and how revenue from shirt sales was relatively minimal. Their projections showed that the Argentine’s exit was likely to cost the club around €137m, which would knock a sizable 11 per cent off of their ‘brand’ value.

It was highlighted that sales of ‘Messi 10’ shirts were worth over €200m per year, but Barca would only have received around €30m from those transactions. The clubs have deals in place with the shirt manufacturers – in this case, Nike – which entitle them to only a minimal profit from the shirt sales, usually between 10 and 15 per cent.

The impact of Messi’s arrival meant a significant increase in shirt sales for the club, as they sold over a million PSG shirts last year for prices ranging from €90 to €160. More than 60 per cent of those sales had ‘Messi 30’ printed on the back.

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