Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been offered a huge financial incentive to change sponsors from Samsung to Huawei, and could stand to make more than €5m-a-year if he takes the deal.
The deal is set to run for at least two years and will stand to make Messi an even greater fortune on top of what he's already pocketing with Barcelona. The deal would " rob Samsung of one of their main ambassadors on a global level" - according to Sport - and will help Huawei grow in their bid to expand their image around the world.
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They have recently announced a link with Real Madrid's James Rodriguez and are looking to continue collaborating with sporting stars to raise their profile. Messi would stand to make between €5 to €6 million-per-year solely by himself, as Barcelona hold none of his image rights.
Huawei have become the third biggest smartphone presence in the world in recent years, behind both Samsung and Apple.
Meanwhile, on the pitch, Messi will face Arsenal with Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday night, and he claimed in an interview - reported by Sky Sports - that the tie is not yet over despite the fact Barca lead 2-0 from the first leg.
He said: "Arsenal have players more than capable of scoring goals.
"We have put ourselves in a very good position to progress and to reach the quarter-finals but none of the players are thinking that the job is finished.
"Of course we know the danger that Alexis Sanchez can bring but that is only one of many top quality players they have. The style they play is the most similar to that which we play at Barcelona and for that we have a lot of respect for them."
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