FOOTBALL clubs around the world have had to wave goodbye to any chance of signing Lionel Messi.
It comes after the Barcelona striker agreed to sign a contract keeping him at the club until 2018, with a staggering get-out-clause of €250 million.
It is the most expensive football contract in history, trumping the €94 million signing of Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid.
Even clubs with the deepest pockets would struggle to find that kind of cash for the 25-year-old star who has scored 90 goals this year.
Messi’s current contract runs until 2016, with the new deal keeping him at the club he has played for since age 13 until he is at least 31 years old.
The agreement is expected to rake in an eye-watering €15 million a year before bonuses for the striker.