Paris St Germain, France's richest football club, will have more on its agenda than controlling Lionel Messi when it takes on Barcelona, arguably the world's best team, tonight.
PSG's Qatari owners also have the tax man to think about. After conflicting messages by government officials, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault's office issued a statement on Tuesday confirming that a 75% surcharge on salaries above one million euros (US$1.3 million) will apply to football clubs.
"This new tax will cost first-division teams 82 million euros," France's Football League said in a statement. "With these crazy labour costs, France will lose its best players, our clubs will see their competitiveness in Europe decline, and the government will lose its best taxpayers."
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