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Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona to take legal action against Spanish news outlet El Mundo

Lionel Messi in action in the Spanish Super Cup final / David Ramos / Getty Images Europe
Lionel Messi in action in the Spanish Super Cup final / David Ramos / Getty Images Europe
Lionel Messi in action in the Spanish Super Cup final / David Ramos / Getty Images Europe

The newspaper El Mundo, in their edition this Sunday published Leo Messi’s contract with FC Barcelona with all his figures in detail. Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona will be taking legal action against the outlet.

El Mundo revealed that the agreement between the club and the player establishes total emoluments of 555,237,619 euros of which, according to the aforementioned information, the Argentine has already received 92% as the stipulated variables have been met. According to El Mundo, the total consolidated salary amounts to 511,540,545 euros. The newspaper revealed that the Argentine star has earned about 138 million per season since 2017, plus other extras for the renewal of the contract and for loyalty.

In the aftermath following this controversial publication, FC Barcelona have released an official statement, categorically denying any responsibility in the publication of Messi’s professional contract with the club.

“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.

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”, said the club’s official statement.

According to Rac 1, Lionel Messi will be taking legal action against El Mundo for publishing the details of his confidential professional contract with the club. His lawyers are preparing a lawsuit against the newspaper and are studying how to involve club people with access to his contract. Messi’s lawyers are also studying to sue Josep Maria Bartomeu, Oscar Grau and Carles Tusquets.

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