The contract would make Messi the very best paid athlete in sports activities historical past.
The membership additionally mentioned it’ll take authorized motion towards the newspaper “for any injury that could be precipitated because of this publication.”
Based on the report, Messi’s contract, which was signed in November 2017 and runs till June 30 this 12 months, may have seen the star ahead earn $167 million a season together with bonuses. The written settlement additionally reportedly contains a picture rights contract.
El Mundo additionally experiences that Messi obtained a “renewal price” of $139 million for accepting the contract and a $94 million loyalty bonus.
“FC Barcelona categorically denies any accountability for the publication of this doc and can take applicable authorized motion towards the newspaper El Mundo, for any injury that could be precipitated because of this publication.
“FC Barcelona expresses its absolute help for Lionel Messi, particularly within the face of any try to discredit his picture, and to wreck his relationship with the entity the place he has labored to turn into the most effective participant on the earth and in soccer historical past.”
CNN has contacted El Mundo in relation to Barcelona’s assertion however is but to obtain a response.
In its publishing of the story, El Mundo mentioned the evaluation of the doc was a laborious course of carried out in current days.
Messi has but to publicly reply to El Mundo’s story and did not instantly reply to CNN’s request for remark.
In the meantime, Messi scored his 650th purpose for Barcelona on Sunday in a 2-1 win towards Athletic Bilbao.
His first-half free-kick and Antoine Griezmann’s second-half winner noticed Barcelona, now unbeaten in La Liga since December 5, transfer second in La Liga forward of rival Actual Madrid.