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Barcelona threaten legal action over Lionel Messi contract leaks

Barcelona have threatened to take authorized motion towards a Spanish newspaper over particulars of the membership’s contract negotiations with Lionel Messi.

On Wednesday, El Mundo claimed Messi made a lot of requests earlier than he would renew his deal on the Nou Camp in the summertime of 2020.

Nonetheless, Barcelona stated the leaked data was a part of a judicial process.

Lionel Messi's eye-watering demands to stay at Barcelona in 2020 have now been revealed

Lionel Messi’s eye-watering calls for to remain at Barcelona in 2020 have now been revealed

‘In relation to the knowledge printed in El Mundo underneath the title ‘Barca Leaks, the membership’s secret recordsdata’, Barcelona specific indignation on the intentional leaking of data that’s a part of a authorized course of,’ the Catalan membership stated in an announcement.

‘The membership regrets that the media in query boasts of getting ‘entry to an enormous variety of paperwork and emails which can be a part of the Barcagate investigation’ when this data is but to be shared.

‘In any case, the article in query makes public paperwork that don’t have anything to do with the continuing case and their use is an affront to the status and confidentiality of the membership. For that purpose, and with the intention of defending Barcelona’s rights, the membership’s authorized division are finding out the authorized measures that have to be taken.’  

Messi left Barcelona for PSG in 2021 - but before his departure, he had requested a signing-on bonus of £8.7million and a private jet to fly his family back to Argentina every Christmas

Messi left Barcelona for PSG in 2021 – however earlier than his departure, he had requested a signing-on bonus of £8.7million and a non-public jet to fly his household again to Argentina each Christmas

The veteran famous person left the Spanish giants in summer season 2021 after 21 years on the membership, becoming a member of Paris Saint-Germain on a free switch when his contract expired.

And in keeping with revelations from El Mundo on Tuesday night, Messi’s stipulations to remain at cash-strapped Barcelona included a large signing-on bonus of £8.7million and a non-public jet to fly his household again to Argentina at Christmas.

He additionally requested a luxurious government field on the Nou Camp for his household and the household of former Barca team-mate Luis Suarez, with the safety of a three-year deal till 2023 plus an choice to increase. 

He also requested a luxury executive box at Barca's Nou Camp stadium for both his family and the family of then-team mate Luis Suarez (second right)

He additionally requested a luxurious government field at Barca’s Nou Camp stadium for each his household and the household of then-team mate Luis Suarez (second proper)


  • £8.7million signing-on bonus
  • £8,700 launch clause
  • Three-year take care of choice to increase
  • Luxurious government field on the Nou Camp for his and Luis Suarez’ household
  • 10 per cent wage enhance in 2021-22 and 2022-23, plus three per cent annual curiosity
  • Personal jet to fly his household to and from Argentina each Christmas

Different calls for made in June 2020 included decreasing his buyout clause from £610m to a nominal price of simply £8,700 – virtually negligible given the cash in at this time’s market.

And after accepting a 20 per cent pay minimize in 2020-21 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, he requested for his web wage of £65m a yr to be elevated to £71.5m a yr for the following two seasons, plus three per cent in annual curiosity.

The knowledge was recovered from emails between Jorge Messi, Lionel’s father and consultant, the 35-year-old’s authorized workforce, and Barcelona chiefs together with then-president Josep Bartomeu.

El Mundo report Barcelona accepted all of Messi’s calls for besides two: refusing to decrease his launch clause to £8,700 and making the £8.7m signing-on bonus conditional on the membership returning to their pre-pandemic revenue, which was and is unlikely given their well-publicised monetary points.

As a result of this, the 162-cap worldwide give up negotiations, culminating the notorious ‘Burofax’ despatched to the membership to tell them of his want to go away. 

Spanish newspaper El Mundo had beforehand leaked the main points of Messi’s gargantuan £492m (€555m) contract – the most important in sports activities historical past – making an allowance for fastened wage, picture rights, variables and tax.

Lionel Messi's last Barcelona contract cost the cash-strapped club around a whopping £492m

Lionel Messi’s final Barcelona contract price the cash-strapped membership round a whopping £492m

The figure was revealed by Spanish newspaper El Mundo, outlining Barcelona's financial woes

The determine was revealed by Spanish newspaper El Mundo, outlining Barcelona’s monetary woes

The deal assured him £122m a season in gross wage, a ‘renewal price’ of £102m for accepting the contract and a take-home ‘loyalty’ bonus of £69m a yr for staying on the Nou Camp.

Different variables included Messi banking one other £1.75m if he performed 60 per cent of video games, whereas he would obtain additional funds every knockout stage of the Champions League he reached, in addition to for successful LaLiga and the Copa del Rey. 

The leak has infuriated Messi’s camp who stated they might be trying to put together a lawsuit towards El Mundo in consequence, in keeping with RAC1. 

Clauses in that contract reportedly included Barcelona demanding Messi ought to ‘combine into Catalan society and tradition’, because the membership did their all to to enhance Messi’s grasp of the Catalan language. 

Ex-Barca president Josep Bartomeu (right) and Messi shake hands at the 2017 contract signing

Ex-Barca president Josep Bartomeu (proper) and Messi shake palms on the 2017 contract signing

The contract additionally said Messi should ‘undertake an appropriate private conduct and rhythm of life’ and to not ever have interaction in doping. 

Lastly, it was astonishingly revealed there was an settlement within the contract that may enable Messi to grow to be a free agent if Catalonia gained independence, with Barcelona set to be kicked out of LaLiga to play in a Catalan league.

It was agreed within the contract that if that was the case – with Catalonia having pushed for independence from Spain again in 2017 – then the six-time Ballon d’Or winner would mechanically be capable of go away without spending a dime.  

Uruguayan striker Suarez, now at Nacional, slammed El Mundo for leaking the main points.

Uruguayan striker Suarez hit out at the 'evil' people who leaked Messi's contract details in 2021

Uruguayan striker Suarez hit out on the ‘evil’ individuals who leaked Messi’s contract particulars in 2021

In February 2021, he instructed Onda Cero: ‘I used to be shocked to learn Messi’s contract within the press. I do not perceive that there are individuals who have a lot evil. What Barcelona is at this time is because of Leo.’ 

Suarez’s feedback got here within the aftermath of his current backing of Messi, and insistence that the Argentine ace will retire at any time when he needs and fully dictate his personal future in soccer.

Suarez instructed El Transistor: ‘He’s [playing] at a spectacular stage, he’s one of the best on this planet. Messi will retire wherever he needs, he can determine whether or not it is at Barcelona, in Argentina or wherever.’

Suarez himself was one of many victims of Barca’s struggles, after being pressured out of the Nou Camp in summer season 2020 because the Catalan giants tried desperately to chop an inflated wage invoice. 

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