Top 10 release clauses in world football - and where Philippe Coutinho ranks
It is believed the release clause in Messi's deal stands at [euro]700m, with only Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema commanding bigger buy-outs in their contracts.
Of course, not all release clauses are made public.
And, more specifically, the subject of the release clause.
Di Matteo raged that release clauses should no longer be included in players' contracts after losing both Clark and Idrissa Gana before the close of the transfer window.
Clark wasn't in a hurry to end his 16-year association with the club but with a PS5 million release clause in his contract, offers were always likely to be forthcoming.
Premier League side wants Filipe Luis, Diego Godin and Diego Costa, and will meet the respective release clauses
of the trio to get them, AS reported.
His exit will spark off big changes at Loftus Road should QPR go down - with a string of other signings getting ready to activate their release clauses.
With QPR looking a good bet for relegation, Remy is likely to activate the relegation release clause inserted in his deal when he became the London club's record signing in January.
We really want him to stay but this is football and there are such things as release clauses
But Porto has the highest release clauses
in the market so it is not easy for these talents to leave us.
The five-year non-recourse loan featured both fixed-rate and floating rate components, and provided for favorable release clauses
and flexible amortization geared to the future sale of individual units.