Barcelona will take authorized motion towards the Spanish newspaper El Mundo after it printed particulars on Sunday of Lionel Messi’s present contract, which it says is value as much as 555 million euros ($674 million) over 4 years. Barca responded by additionally insisting they weren’t answerable for the leak, though the membership didn’t deny the small print of the report. El Mundo say the deal signed by Messi in 2017 is the “largest in the history of sport” and known as it the “colossal contract that ruins Barcelona”.
The 33-year-old may find yourself accumulating a most of 555,237,619 euros earlier than it expires on June 30 this yr, if all situations have been met.
With six months left of the deal to run, “the player has already earned 511,290,052 euros, almost 92 per cent of the possible total”, the report claims.
The leak comes as Barcelona are wrestling with a dire monetary state of affairs, worsened by the pandemic, and with Messi’s future nonetheless up within the air, given the striker can go away the membership free of charge this summer time.
“In view of the information published today in the newspaper El Mundo, in relation to the professional contract signed between FC Barcelona and the player Lionel Messi, the club regrets its publication given that it is a private document governed by the principle of confidentiality between the parties,” stated Barcelona in an announcement.
“FC Barcelona categorically denies any responsibility for the publication of this document, and will take appropriate legal action against the newspaper El Mundo, for any damage that may be caused as a result of this publication.
“FC Barcelona expresses its absolute assist for Lionel Messi, particularly within the face of any try to discredit his picture, and to wreck his relationship with the membership the place he has labored to turn out to be the very best participant on the earth and in soccer historical past.”
According to the report, Messi earned 115 million euros just for signing the contract in 2017 and among his potential bonuses is a 3,548,644-euro reward for winning the Champions League and 2,365,766 euros for winning La Liga, El Mundo claims.
His club contract dwarfs those of the other top earners in global sport.
Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, last year signed the biggest contract in North American sport, worth a minimum of 450 million dollars, but it is 10 years long.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract with Juventus is worth a reported 30 million euros a year, but bonuses may have taken it up to 70 million euros last season. Ronaldo also earns more from endorsements than Messi.
Messi is set to decide in the coming months whether he wants to stay at Barcelona or leave the club he joined as a 13-year-old and where he has become arguably the greatest player of all time.
Frustrated with Barca’s decline in recent times, the Argentinian additionally feels unfairly blamed for worsening performances on the pitch.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the favourites to signal Messi if he chooses to depart.
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