With Cristiano Ronaldo agreeing a new contract at Real Madrid till 2018 on a reported annual salary of 17m euros (approx. Rs 146 crore), media in Spain and England is abuzz with reports that fierce competitor Lionel Messi too is seeking a hike in salary.
The world footballer of the year is reportedly unhappy at Ronaldo's new contract with rivals Real Madrid, especially being a player who has won the Ballon d'or four times in succession. The FIFA Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) is an association football award given annually to the player who is considered to have performed the best in the previous year.
Spanish newspaper SPORT report that Messi is seeking a huge rise to his current pay packet that comes in at 12.5million euros (approx. Rs 107 crore). Messi has already scored six goals in three league games this season including a hat-trick away at Valencia while both him and Ronaldo opened up their Champions League campaigns with hat-tricks.