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When Lionel Messi called Paris Saint-Germain, on the same summer day that Joan Laporta left him stranded in the famous meeting in which the Barcelona president backed out and broke the renewal pact, in the offices of the French club on Avenue Emila Zola in Boulogne asked for a little time.
The accounts no longer counted on making room for Leo and his wage bill, which this first season has been 40 million euros net, and asked for a little time because the operation had to be studied.
PSG took the plunge and signed Messi. In the accounts of the directors, it was calculated that Leo's arrival would bring in enough income from image rights, marketing and stadium exploitation to not impact the club's finances.