Sergio Aguero took a whopping 75 per cent pay cut to leave the Etihad stadium
and link up with his good friend Lionel Messi at Barcelona, according to reports.
The Argentine striker’s £19.8million Manchester City contract expired this summer
after ten trophy-laden years at the Etihad.
NSL Understands, Aguero was not short of offers across Europe with
Juventus eager to offer him a new deal. And while their offer was more generous than
Barcelona’s, Aguero couldn’t resist a career swansong at the Nou Camp.
The 33-year-old will now earn a relatively modest £5.1m-a-year by his standards at
His dream of lining up alongside his mate and international compatriot Messi helped
sway his final decision.
Barcelona’s remarkable debt, that tops £1billion, and their huge wage bill meant they
were forced to offer Aguero a tighter salary than usual.
But his deal is thought to be heavily incentivised with bonuses such as more money for
the number of games played and trophies won.
Aguero battled with injuries throughout the entirety of last season and was limited to
just seven league starts in total.
He penned a two-year deal at the Nou Camp which includes an £86million buy-out
clause. After sealing his move, Aguero said: “We all know that Barca are the best
club in the world. So I think I made a great decision to be here and I hope to help the
“Of course it’s a step forward in my career. I’m really happy and hopefully
I can help the team to win things.
“I want to send a big hug to all supporters. I will try to give my best and hopefully
the fans will enjoy my football skills. “First of all, I wanted to play and help this squad
and if the team does it well I’ll be happy
individually. I just try to help the team, and try to arrive at the end of the season with
chances to win the titles.”