Messi and Barcelona respond to the star’s contract leak

Barcelona have denied any involvement in Lionel Messi’s contract leak and have vowed to take legal action against Spanish outlet El Mundo for publishing the document in its newspaper.

El Mundo claims to have obtained a copy of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s contract at Barcelona. The figures released by the newspaper confirm he has the biggest contract in sports history with total earnings of €555,237,619 across a four-year period – pending a set of conditions are met.

Messi signed the deal, which will expire this June, in November 2017, and is reportedly furious over the leak. According to RAC1, he will take legal action against El Mundo and will be backed by Barcelona.

A club statement read: “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 support for Lionel Messi, especially in the face of any attempt to discredit his image, and to damage his relationship with the entity where he has worked to become the best player in the world and in football history.”

The details of Messi’s contract

Considering the Blaugrana’s precarious financial situation, with over a billion euros in debt, El Mundo’s leak couldn’t have come at a more unwelcome moment.

The Spanish outlet claim Messi’s 30-page contract obliges the club to pay him the following amounts:

  • €138,000,000 per season, including variables.
  • €115,225,000 signing-on bonus
  • €77,929,955 loyalty bonus.

Messi has apparently earned €511,540,545 already, with still another five months left on his lucrative contract.

The 33-year-old attempted to leave Barcelona last summer as a free agent. And while former president Josep Maria Bartomeu was able to legally bind him to the club for this season, he can leave Camp Nou for free in 2021.

Whoever succeeds Bartomeu as the new Barcelona president on March 7 will be tasked with tying down Messi’s future.

But considering this latest event, the Blaugrana’s hopes of keeping their skipper have suffered yet another setback.

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