31 Jan Barcelona, Messi to take authorized motion over €555m contract leak
Lionel Messi and Barcelona will take authorized motion towards Spanish newspaper El Mundo after it launched the leaked particulars of the ahead’s record-breaking contract on Sunday.
El Mundo revealed paperwork referring to Messi’s four-year deal, signed in 2017, and gave an intricate breakdown of the €555 million he would obtain if all add-ons have been met. The report claimed that Messi’s contract is the largest ever signed by an athlete.
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Sources have confirmed to Football4cast that Messi will take motion towards El Mundo and any Barca personnel concerned within the leaking of the contract. There are solely 4 copies of the contract — Messi has one, Barca have one other, La Liga has a replica and so does Cuatrecasas, the legislation agency utilized by the Argentina worldwide.
Barca, in the meantime, responded by denying any involvement within the leaking of the contract and mentioned they’d additionally take “applicable authorized motion” towards the newspaper.
“In view of the knowledge revealed at this time El Mundo, in relation to the skilled contract signed between FC Barcelona and the participant Lionel Messi, the membership regrets its publication on condition that it’s a non-public doc ruled by the precept of confidentiality between the events,” the Catalan membership mentioned in an announcement.
“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 harm which may be brought about because of this publication.
“FC Barcelona expresses its absolute assist for Lionel Messi, particularly within the face of any try and discredit his picture, and to wreck his relationship with the entity the place he has labored to grow to be the very best participant on the earth and in football historical past.”
In keeping with El Mundo, Messi would obtain a most of €555,237,619 ($673,919,105) over 4 seasons, if a sequence of situations have been met.
Together with picture rights, the report explains that Messi was paid a €115m renewal bonus and a €77m loyalty bonus cut up into two funds — as revealed by Football4cast in November.
Messi can also be mentioned to earn round €72m yearly along with add-ons for enjoying greater than 60% of video games all through the course of a season, Champions League development, profitable La Liga or the Copa del Rey and profitable FIFA’s The Finest.
Numerous these performance-related add-ons haven’t been met and it must also be famous that Messi accepted a wage lower when the coronavirus pandemic first affected football final March.
Subsequently, he won’t earn the total €555m written into the contract, which expires on June 30.
Messi’s future past then stays unknown. He tried to go away the membership final summer season however was shut down by then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
In a latest interview, he defined that he has not but decided on his future and can resolve his subsequent step when the season ends.
Since pushing to go away, Bartomeu has left Camp Nou and a brand new president might be elected on March 7. All three candidates for the presidency — Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Friexa — have expressed a need to maintain Messi on the membership.
Nevertheless, negotiations over a brand new deal won’t be able to start till March and the brand new phrases must correspond with the membership’s new monetary place.
The membership’s annual accounts, dated August 2020, revealed earlier this month that the Catalan membership’s gross debt has risen to almost €1.2 billion.