- Lionel Messi rejected the chance to be the world's highest paid player at Man City
- Messi would have been earning £850,000-a-week with Pep Guardiola's side
- City made the bid to Messi's representatives without Barcelona's permission
Lionel Messi reportedly rejected an offer of £850,000-a-week to join Manchester City before penning an extension at Barcelona.
The Argentine would have also be given a £88m (€100m) signing bonus by the Citizens if he had signed, the Mirror reports.
The footballer signed a new £500,000-a-week contract last month, keeping him at the Nou Camp until 2021.
MARCA reports City put on the table a deal worth a staggering £850,000-a-week alongside a stunning £88m (€100m) signing bonus.
Pep Guardiola's side reportedly made the bid to Messi's representatives without Barcelona's permission.
City could have spoken to Messi in he new year, had he not signed the extension, with his previous deal expiring in the summer.
But the Premier League leaders reportedly knew they needed to act if they were to ever lure the 30-year-old to the Etihad.
Messi is having another superb season with Barca, who are five points clear at the top of La Liga.
He scored his side's first goal in their weekend 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo.
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