BARCELONA are set to reward their star man Lionel Messi with a new contract that includes a record-breaking signing bonus.

The new deal is close to being finalised and will see Barca’s record goalscorer earn £500,000-a-week and receive an £80m signing bonus, according to the Daily Mail.

The bonus will be the highest ever and Barca are looking to sell the naming rights to the Nou Camp to help fund the deal.

The contract is well deserved for Messi, who scored a stunning hat-trick against Ecuador this week to send Argentina to next summer’s World Cup.

Barcelona are looking at different ways to raise the money after Catalan paper L’Ara this week revealed their wage bill is up to £430m and is 84 per cent of their revenue, although this figure does not include Messi’s new deal.

They’re also hoping to announce a new deal with kit suppliers Nike.

“Lionel Messi will earn £500,000-a-week and get an £80m signing bonus”

The Barcelona star will sign a record-breaking deal

The La Liga giants have hired sports business leaders Van Wagner in order to help them sell the naming rights to the Nou Camp, which they hope to receive £180m for.

The potential sponsorship coincides with the renovation of the world’s second biggest football stadium, with the capacity to expand to 105,000 by the end of the 2021/22 season.

The refurbishment is costing £500m and also includes a new roof, HD scoreboards and brand new VIP facilities.

Nou Camp

Barcelona’s Nou Camp refurbishment will see the capacity increased to 105,000

They may also be looking to raise money for a fresh bid for Philippe Coutinho in January.

Barcelona are currently top of La Liga, five points clear of second-placed Sevilla.

They return to league action this weekend with a tough trip to Atletico Madrid, before hosting Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday.