Lionel Messi’s war with Barcelona brought release clauses in football to the spotlight. Argentine has a €700 million release clause, and it’s safe to say nobody will pay that.

In Spain, release clauses have skyrocketed in recent years, and when you look at them they are just absurd. No club can pay such sums of money. But they are tools that prevent players from leaving clubs. Nowadays release clauses point to players who are the most valuable in their teams.

The biggest release clause in the world of football belongs to Karim Benzema. The veteran striker just had a magnificent season, and his release clause is €1 billion!

Lionel Messi’s €700 million release clause is huge, but it’s only fourth in this list. His teammate Antoine Griezmann can leave Barca without asking the club if someone pays €800 million for him.

Luka Modrić’s clause is worth €750 million, and it’s clear Real Madrid expected much more of Brahim Diaz. Young Spanish talent arrived from Manchester City and played just 15 games and scored 1 goal for Los Blancos. Judging by his €750 million release clause, he should have been a starter up until now. Another Real Madrid young prospect Fede Valverde has the same clause in his contract.

Apart from Lionel Messi, Vinicius Junior, Isco, Marco Asensio and Thibaut Courtouis release clauses are €700 million.

Barcelona has put clauses of €500 million in the contracts of Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, and Sergio Busquets. At the same time, Real Madrid is asking the same amount of money for  Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, and Dani Ceballos.

Barcelona has put a price of €400 million on Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, and Frenkie de Jong. Arthur Melo also had this clause in his contract, but he was swapped for Miralem Pjanić and went to Juventus.

Joao Felix of Atletico Madrid has an enormous release clause also. Young Portuguese playmaker is valued at €350 million.

Do you think someone will pay €700 million for Lionel Messi? Or can any of these release clauses be paid? Let us know in the comments!

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