Josep Maria Bartomeu has denied leaking Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract to the media.
There was a furor Sunday when Spanish newspaper El Mundo ran leaked documents detailing the contract of the world’s greatest participant.
The main points of the contract revealed that Messi picks up mounted incomes and bonus funds which quantity to €138 million (£112 million/$167 million) in annual earnings.
Barcelona was fast to precise its fury and stated authorized proceedings could be taken.
Following the newspaper splash, focus shifted to who was answerable for the contract getting within the arms of El Mundo.
Fingers had been pointed within the course of Bartomeu, who resigned from his position as president of Barcelona last year, however he has denied being accountable.
“It is a very critical concern and it’s very unlawful to leak skilled contracts,” Marca quoted Bartomeu as saying. “Talking on TV and making accusations is simple, however it’s not a joke and this can find yourself in court docket.
“I hear sure media counsel that somebody from the outgoing board or I’ve leaked this contract. And that is completely false.
“This can be a very critical concern, it’s completely unlawful to filter skilled contracts and this can find yourself in court docket as a result of neither Barca nor Messi can settle for that this crime involves nothing.
“I do not know who it was. In actual fact within the membership solely 4 or 5 folks have entry to the contracts, so do the Cuatrecasas attorneys who participated within the negotiation and the LFP additionally has a duplicate of all of the gamers’ contracts.”
Eyebrows had been raised on the amount of cash Messi is paid, however Bartomeu has stated he’s value each cent and the membership may comfortably afford to finance the contract previous to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The participant deserves the quantity as a result of he generates in extra of that, each for his sporting contribution and for his business contribution,” Bartomeu stated. “With out the disaster as a result of pandemic, Barca can simply pay these figures and people of the opposite gamers.”
The saga is prone to rumble on for a while but, however Barca will hope Messi and his teammates can retain focus as they push for honors within the second half of the season.