​Messi Reportedly Paid £2.4m to Appear in Gabon

This story originally appeared on VICE Sports UK.

Lionel Messi has stoked significant controversy by allegedly taking a huge fee to lay the ceremonial stone at a new stadium in Gabon.

The country is set to stage the African Cup of Nations in 2017, after original hosts Libya lost the rights due to the ongoing war in the country, and President Ali Bongo invited the Argentine to appear at the ceremony in the city of Port-Gentil.

According to France Football, Messi was paid €3.5m...

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