So How Much Did Barcelona Pay for Messi? – Nothing!

For those Newcastle fans who were lucky enough to watch the Barcelona –  Arsenal game last night, saw a world-class performance from Argentine International Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi – fantastic display last night

The 22 year-old scored all 4 goals for his club last night and put in a scintillating exhibition of dribbling and shooting skills. He was fantastic and even had me looking for my boots after the game. 😀

Don’t anybody ever tell us again that a small guy cannot play center-forward – Messi is only 5’7″ tall and played central striker – and Barcelona never played any high ball into the box but played everything on the floor,  but there again every Barcelona player has terrific ball skills.

So many would now say how much would a player like Messi be worth in the transfer market today – a lot of money is the answer. Maybe £70M?

So how much did Barcelona pay for this world-class player?

Absolutely nothing.

Barcelona spotted Messi when he was playing  at Newells Old Boys in Rosario, from 1995-2000 – and he had joined his home town club when he was eight years old.

Barcelona’s world-wide scouting system spotted him in 2000, and signed him when he was 12 years old, and brought him to Barcelona in Spain.

And Messi, who already has 119 goals in 203 appearances for the Spanish La Liga side, (that’s not a typo), made his first team debut in 2004 when he was just 16.

Barcelona bring most of their players through their world-famous youth system.

The Barcelona system has been copied by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and in fact Cesc Fabregas, the Arsenal captain,  was signed by Arsenal when he was just 16 years old, from his home-town club Barcelona.

Another English club just two years ago, started to copy the Arsenal (and therefore the Barcelona) system, and we have to hope that Newcastle United can create some word-class players in the future – the near future.

That’s only one reason we don’t want to see 20 year-old Tamas Kadar leave this summer – we think this lad can become a top player in the near future.

We just have to hope in a few years time, that Newcastle can do the same thing, making their top stars rather than having to pay ridiculous sums of money for them, which is the way some clubs build their sides.

And an added advantage in creating you own top players, is that they are very loyal to the club, and we’ve seen how important this is this season.

We think Newcastle have a good long term strategy, and are on the right track,  and we expect to see several youngsters join the Tyneside club in the summer.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • listie

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s an amazing talent, but Barca fans must be slightly worried as he is the only one scoring

  • toonboyjake

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    when you have a player that scores hattricks all the time you dont mind if its just him scoring 😀 bojan is going to be the next messi-like player, next year will be his season

  • GeordieBean

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    watched him yeaterday amazing talent as listie said he ript the arsenal defence 😛

  • tdt

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    the fact that he made his debut at 16 shows that they are given a good chance to show out their skills at an early age: the problem for us in that respect is that we’re not usually crusing 3 or 4 nil at half time and can therefore afford to give kids a fair run out.

    Long term plans are necessary to achieve anything like what these 2 clubs have and are achieving, but I believe we can one day do it. Constant investment in the youth policy is required at the same time as shrewd purchases for the 1st team so the youth coming through can suppliment them.

    I also like the idea of playing the kids in cup games, or at least a lots of them with a few experienced fringe 1st teamers.

    Looking forward to the summer of transfers, hopefully we get tons of 15-18 year-olds that no one has heard of – always a good sign I think – ie bassong. Plus get some contracts sorted for the current crop of promising yuoth players so they dont get away for nothing it they dont make it.

  • Edd Case

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ve been watching Spanish football for at least 8 years now.
    I can remember Messi making his debut and the commentator, Gerry Armstrong, stated then that he knew about Messi and that he was going to be big.
    I bet he didn’t realise how big.

    I’ve watched almost every single game of Barcelona’s since, been to the Nou Camp 3 ties and seen Messi’s rise to where he is now.

    He’s been the same since he started. He has much better awareness and vision of other around him now but essentially, he’s the same as he was years ago.
    I bet he leanred a few things from Ronaldinho.

    Barcelona, without Messi are still very strong though. Pedro has scored 17 goals this season, Ibrahimovic around that too and while Henry isn’t scoring as many, others in the team are also scoring.

    Messi is the greatest player I’ve ever seen in my opinion.

    I used to watch Football Italia on Sundays years ago (early 90’s) and Roberto Baggio was the then greatest and even he looks rather average now, compared to Messi.

    Has there ever been a greater dribbler of a ball and at such speed? Well, maybe Maradona I guess.

    Messi must win a world cup to be crowned he greatest ever, Pele, Maradona have…until he does, he wont be the greatest ever but I wouldn’t be suprised if he does it.

  • awc88

    Apr 7, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    i can just see the negotiations with a young player as good as messi.

    “so as one of the best young players in the world you’ve got the choice to join barcelona european champions, spanish champions greatest team in the world, or you can join newcastle united, coca cola championship winners!”

    i know what my answer would be.

  • Solaidback

    Apr 7, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    The problem is, were not a big enough club to raise stars from an early age for them to want to stay with us long enough to make them world class, unlike clubs like Barca, Arsenil, Manc Usa etc….
    Look at Tomas Kadar, he’s 20 & wants to play 1st team footy but because he’s playing for us, he’s looking elsewhere to play, he’s not happy playing reserve or bench warming & knows there are at least 3 other players in front of him for the 2 CB places, so I if a big club comes in for him this summer, expect him to want to leave, I do…..

    Same goes for Ranger too……

  • pubcat

    Apr 7, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Exactly! I just hope our best young players stay with us though. We’ll have to ask players like Kadar, and later maybe potentially outstanding youngsters like Vuckic, to stick with us and be a little patient if necessary.

  • pubcat

    Apr 7, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #9

    By the way, now is the ideal time to give some of the “kids” more first team experience in our remaining Championship games. Not many, of course, but we could give, say, Donaldson a couple of games, Kadar and Ranger more starts and two or three others who haven’t played for the first team ten minutes here and there!

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 7, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Cost them nothing but now costing them 30 million a year.

    Apparently they helped pay for his medication when he was younger because of his size that his family cant afford and helped them relocate. Thats the proper way to treat young footballers and fair play to them.

  • fongct

    Apr 7, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #11

    I m sori but I think it is just silly to use Barcelona and Messi as an example

    1) do we have their scouting system and their facilities? Can we attract them to come?

    2) do we have top players for our young players to learn from?….I hoped we can get a very good centre back for S.Taylor to learn from, but we didnt….dont forget Terry learnt from Desailly…Top players cost money…By the way, Messi learnt from Ronaldinho….We dont even have a good enough striker for Carroll to learn from…arguably, he is our best striker this season

    3) Can we afford to give our youngsters a chance when we might be in relegation dog fight?….Like Kadar, Krul?…Barcelona spent massive amount to build up their foundation first, then they started to give youngsters a chance…When they had Ronaldinho and Etoo, could they afford to give Messi a chance?….Would Messi learn a lot from them?

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 7, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    30Million a year????
    Where did ya get that from?
    That makes him on about 577,000 a week
    I don`t think so!!!
    Shirt sales must be through the roof,i reckon he doesn`t cost them almost anything.
    He cannot be gettin more than 200,000 a week anyway.

  • Kebabacus

    Apr 7, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #13

    S’true… 30 million Euros a year.

  • baro

    Apr 7, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #14


    To get him to the team probably no money at all. But, he had this horrible disease. He also wouldn’t grow in height. Barca payed all his hospital money. Lots of millions. But that truely payed off. Look what he is doing now. FIfa player of the Year! 4 goals dominating Arsenal.

  • NOVA2967

    Apr 8, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Well Arsenal had a brillant team before hand with the likes of Keown – Parlour and the other obvious players and that is what we need first a strong team that our youngsters can try and beat out for spots

  • Anis

    Apr 8, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #16

    i think that Kadar is a similar player to Thomas Vermaelen, and that he’ll be better than Varmaelen when he matures.


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