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Lionel Messi Reportedly Offered Huge Money to Switch Mobile Phone Sponsors

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's third goal against Rayo Vallecano during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano at the Vallecas stadium in Madrid, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2016

Lionel Messi has reportedly been offered between €5 and €6 million to switch from Samsung to Chinese company Huawei as his mobile phone sponsor.

That's according to Marketing Deportivo (h/t Sport English) with the 28-year-old set to receive that figure annually as part of a two or three-year contract with Huawei, who already sponsor Real Madrid's James Rodriguez.

Barcelona won't stand to benefit from the deal, which is set to be officially agreed "in the coming days," as they won't own his image rights.

James Funnell, formerly a commercial analyst at Manchester United, recently revealed the extent of Messi's sponsorship revenue—which is already at record-breaking levels:

The Argentinian is widely thought of as the best player in the world, so it's no surprise he's continuing to attract sponsorship deals from around the globe.

Messi already has deals with a range of companies including Adidas, Pepsi and EA Sports to name but a few.

The superstar has many more years left in him at the top level, so he will no doubt continue to attract sponsors for quite some time.

As for Huawei, securing a deal with Messi would represent another step for China on their road to becoming a global force in football.

The nation has emerged as a player in the transfer market in recent years with more and more European-based and South American-based players heading to their top clubs—who made a number of high-profile, big-money signings this winter recruiting the likes of Alex Teixeira, Ezequiel Lavaezzi and Jackson Martinez.  

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