Lionel Messi didn't want to leave and Barcelona didn't want him to go - but economic pressures forced the Argentine out in order to save the Spanish giants from breaching regulations.
When Messi last signed a contract at Camp Nou, he was earning around £60,758,000 ($82.8m) per year or £1,168,423 per week.
Even though he agreed to take a 50 per cent pay cut, Barca president Joan Laporte still couldn't balance the books, and Messi moved on to Paris-Saint German and an annual salary of $41m plus bonuses. Antoine Griezmann also left for Atletico Madrid on loan.
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Who is the top earner at Barcelona?
Midfield star Frenkie de Jong has taken over from Messi as the top earner at Barcelona, with a weekly wage of £354,000. That's an annual salary of £18,434,000, putting him ahead of Sergio Busquets and Sergio Ageuro.
The top 10 earners at Barcelona
1. Frenkie de Jong - £354,000 a week
2. Sergio Busquets - £258,000 a week
3= Sergio Aguero - £230,000 a week
3= Memphis Depay - £230,000 a week
5= Gerard Pique - £210,000 a week
5= Ousmane Dembele - £210,000 a week
5= Miralem Pjanic - £210,000 a week
8. Samuel Umtiti - £208,000 a week
9. Sergi Roberto - £170,000 a week
10. Jordi Alba - £150,000 a week