Eat your heart out Rooney! Rival superstar wants £209m five-year deal to renew - report

Reports in Spain claim it will cost a huge amount for Lionel Messi to sign a new deal at Barcelona, dwarfing Rooney's Manchester United deal.

Earlier this season there was much ballyhoo after Wayne Rooney agreed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at Manchester United.

With a reported weekly wage of up to £300,000-a-week, that meant the England striker was earning close to £15.6million-a-year.

Cue the numerous editorials and discussions asking if the United striker was worth the considerable outlay.

But Rooney’s deal would pale into insignificance if Lionel Messi puts pen to paper on a deal being reported in Spanish newspaper AS.

They claim negotiations over a new contract will take place this summer, and that it will cost a staggering €250million for the Argentine to renew. That equates to around £209million over five years, compared with the £78million Rooney will reportedly take home in the same period.

Of course Messi has proved time and again that he is head-and-shoulders above most if not all other players currently in the game.

Only Cristiano Ronaldo can challenge – and currently lead him – in terms of being called the world’s best. But how much money is too much money? Especially when you consider that Messi’s current deal runs for more than four more years anyway.

While Barcelona will not want to lose their talisman, that is more cash than most people could ever spend, even when you consider deductions for tax.

And next time someone questions Rooney’s current deal, it may be wise to point them in the direction of what could soon be happening in La Liga; because all the time such monster deals are on the table, the slightly less monster deals will continue to be signed by those on the next rung down of footballing greatness.

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