Chinese club offers Lionel Messi a €480 million 5-year contract

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A wealthy football club from the Chinese Super League is reportedly eyeing Argentine superstar Lionel Messi with an offer that would definitely be difficult to refuse.

Hebei China Fortune, currently helmed by Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini, is offering the Argentina national team captain over €96 million per year,  doubling his current pay of €48 million. According to AS.com, the club’s offer is a five-year contract worth €480 million.

Founded in 2010, Hebei China Fortune is only in their first season in the country’s elite football division. Messi’s countryman, Ezequiel Lavezzi, previously joined the club for a handsome net salary of €10 million per annum, with a bonus up to €6 million.

The talented forward is currently in negotiations to extend his contract with Spanish club FC Barcelona at Camp Nou. Messi’s deal with the club expires in 2018.

Barça is still confident that the 29-year-old will stay at the club that has been his home since 2003.

Teammate Neymar signed an extension with Barça back in October, while Luis Suárez has agreed to sign a new contract on Friday, tying him with the team until 2021.