Barcelona have pledged to pay all of their European Champions a lifetime salary – and it’s all thanks to Leo Messi’s goal against Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League Final.
To date, the Catalan giants have amassed five Champions League trophies, four European Cup Winners’ Cup titles and five UEFA Super Cups in their illustrious history, but the triumph over United in Rome was a watershed moment for the club in many ways.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, former Barca striker Juan Carlos Heredia – who lifted the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1979 – has revealed he and the near-300 players and staff who’ve all played a part in winning a European title all continue to receive a wage from the Nou Camp club.
Apparently, the idea was cooked-up by former Barcelona president Joan Laporta, as Heredia explained: “When Barcelona won the Champions League final in Rome against Manchester United with a goal from Messi, the club president declared that all those who were European champions with Barcelona were going to receive a salary for life.
“And he fulfilled it.”
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