5 mega-lengthy contracts that backfired as Barcelona table Lionel ’10-year deal’

Barcelona are reportedly in talks to hand Lionel Messi a mammoth ten-year contract – though the La Liga giants will not want to see other lengthy deals that have backfired.

Messi is out of contract at the Nou Camp this summer though Barca are desperate for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to stay.

The Times say a lucrative new contract is on the table for Messi that would keep him at the Catalan giants for another ten years.

Though lengthy contracts don’t always work out well for the club or player with Daily Star Sport looking at five mega-deals that have backfired…


Winger Denilson (not that of Arsenal fame) joined Real Betis from Sao Paolo in 1998 for what was then a world record fee of £21.5million.

As well as the huge price tag came a mammoth ten-year contract with Denilson actually staying until 2005.

Though he scored just 13 La Liga goals during his eight years and made just five assists despite playing 175 games for Betis.

David Moyes

The Chosen One penned a six-year deal at Manchester United after being picked as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.

Though former Everton boss Moyes did not even last a season at Old Trafford, sacked with United seventh in the Premier League table, 13 points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

Now at West Ham, he was given just an 18-month contract in east London though will surely have that extended at the end of this season.

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    Still at Chelsea but firmly behind Edouard Mendy now, Kepa had penned a seven-year deal when heading to Stamford Bridge in 2018.

    He’s believed to be earning around £135,000 per week though has made just five Premier League appearances this season.

    A summer of speculation over his future could ensue with Kepa having constantly been linked with a departure in recent months.

    Alan Pardew

    There must have been something in the water in Newcastle in 2012 with Alan Pardew handed a huge EIGHT-year contract.

    Pardew originally signed a five-and-a-half-year deal in 2010, but, after a fifth-place finish in 2012, was rewarded with an extension until 2020.

    He left St James’ Park in December 2014 for Crystal Palace with Steve McClaren, Rafael Benitez and Steve Bruce all having managed Newcastle since Pardew left.

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    Andres Iniesta

    Of course he had legendary status at Barcelona – it’s why he became the first ever player to sign a lifetime contract with the club.

    It essentially meant Iniesta could stay at the Nou Camp as long as he wanted, as long as he was still a regular member of the squad.

    Though just 12 months after signing his deal in 2017, the Spanish maestro was off, heading to Japan with Vissel Kobe.

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