Messi may not have won a lot of major titles last year, but he still deserves to be the highest paid player in La Liga. Messi led Spain’s top league with 37 goals, nine more than the next best athlete.
Goal scoring isn’t the only way he contributes. Messi draws a lot of attention from defenders, opening things up for his teammates to swoop in and get goals themselves. He makes the players around him better, helping Luis Suarez and Neymar finish with 28 and 13 goals respectively.
The Argentine forward just turned 30, and has plenty left in the tank to improve on his numbers, and lead Barcelona to even more titles. So far, he has broken most of Barcelona’s goal-scoring records, been a part of seven La Liga title-winning teams at Barcelona, and helped the club win four Champions League titles. With a laundry list of prestigious titles, he deserves every bit of money he has earned.
Messi has accomplished a lot, but what has he done lately?
Barcelona didn’t secure a La Liga championship last year, and they barely got out of the Round of 16 in the Champions League. Yeah, he scored a lot of goals, but those goals are empty unless the team wins major titles.
Everyone gives credit to Messi for Barcelona’s success, but he benefits from having the most skilled forwards running with him. Neymar and Suarez are two of the most feared strikers in the world, and Messi benefits from having defenders worry about those monsters. If anything, part of Messi’s new contract should be paid to his running mates for making him look better.