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Barcelona to take legal action after details of Lionel Messi’s €555M contract published

Barcelona says it is able to take authorized motion after the publication of the main points of Lionel Messi’s €555 million (£491 million, $674 million) contract.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo leaked paperwork revealing the phrases of Messi’s present deal at Camp Nou, which is because of expire on the finish of June.

Their report states that the four-year settlement, which the Argentine signed in 2017, contains fastened incomes and bonus funds which quantity to €138m (£112 million, $167 million) in annual earnings.

Messi has already pocketed €510m (£452 million, $619 million), with an extra €45m (£40 million, $55 million) set to return his approach over the following six months, with El Mundo claiming that the 33-year-old is the best-paid athlete within the historical past {of professional} sport.

The membership captain has been tipped to carry his 17-year profession at Camp Nou to an finish this summer time, with Barca reportedly unable to continue paying his lucrative wages amid mounting debts exceeding €1.2 billion.

Blaugrana officers have now introduced their intention to sue El Mundo for releasing Messi’s contract to the general public with out their permission, whereas condemning makes an attempt to defame Messi’s character and picture.

“In view of the data printed immediately within the newspaper El Mundo, in relation to the skilled contract signed between FC Barcelona and the participant Lionel Messi, the membership regrets its publication provided that it’s a personal doc ruled by the precept of confidentiality between the events,” an announcement on Barca’s official website reads.

“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 triggered on account of this publication.

“FC Barcelona expresses its absolute help 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 planet and in soccer historical past.”

Messi was denied a transfer last summer after his decision to activate the release clause in his contract, with the Argentina worldwide finally pledging to remain put throughout the 2020-21 marketing campaign out of his love for Barca and the membership’s followers.

Nevertheless, hypothesis over his future has solely elevated since then, and though the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester Metropolis, he has also opened the door to a potential switch to MLS before hanging up his boots.

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