Lionel Messi’s membership Barcelona has mentioned it will take authorized motion in opposition to a Spanish newspaper for publishing particulars of his wage.
Lionel Messi’s most up-to-date contract with Barcelona is value as much as €555 million (NZ$925m) over 4 seasons, the El Mundo newspaper reported on Sunday.
The Spanish each day mentioned it had entry to the doc Messi signed with the Catalan membership in 2017, which included mounted incomes and variables that might attain practically €138m (NZ$167m) every season. The newspaper mentioned it’s the most costly contract ever agreed with an athlete in any sport.
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Messi must pay about half of that in taxes in Spain.
The report mentioned the 33-year-old participant has already secured greater than €510m (NZ$619m) of the overall.
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Barcelona denied accountability for leaking the doc and mentioned it will take authorized motion in opposition to the newspaper.
“The membership regrets its publication provided that it’s a personal doc ruled by the precept of confidentiality between the events,” it mentioned in a press release.
“FC Barcelona categorically denies any accountability for the publication of this doc, and can take acceptable authorized motion in opposition to the newspaper El Mundo, for any injury which may be induced on account of this publication.”
The membership expressed 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 develop into the most effective participant on the earth and in soccer historical past.”
Messi didn’t instantly make any public feedback concerning the report.
The leak comes as Barcelona tries to handle an enormous debt created largely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The membership has been led by a caretaker board since president Josep Bartomeu resigned in October whereas going through a no-confidence movement. New presidential elections are scheduled for March 7.
The newspaper additionally detailed how Messi rewarded the membership over time, having helped it win greater than 30 titles.
Messi has been with Barcelona for practically 20 years however requested to depart on the finish of final season after saying he wasn’t proud of the path the membership was taking. His request was denied however he’ll be capable of depart without spending a dime when this season ends.