Barcelona have threatened to take authorized motion towards a Spanish newspaper that leaked particulars of the membership’s contract negotiations with Lionel Messi in 2020.
On Wednesday, El Mundo launched a collection of requests Messi made to the membership to resume his deal at Camp Nou as he moved into the ultimate yr of his phrases.
Messi wished his launch clause minimize all the way down to a symbolic €10,000, non-public bins at Camp Nou for his and Luis Suarez‘s households, ensures that deferred wages can be paid again to him and backdated fee funds to be paid to his brother Rodrigo for his work as an agent.
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“In relation to the data revealed in El Mundo below the title ‘Barca Leaks, the membership’s secret information’, Barcelona specific indignation on the intentional leaking of knowledge that’s a part of a authorized course of,” the Catalan membership stated in a press release.
“The membership regrets that the media in query boasts of getting ‘entry to an enormous variety of paperwork and emails which are 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 continued case and their use is an affront to the fame and confidentiality of the membership. For that cause, and with the purpose of defending Barcelona’s rights, the membership’s authorized division are learning the authorized measures that must be taken.”
Barcagate is an ongoing authorized case regarding third-party funds, breaching inner protocols and smear campaigns towards membership legends involving the earlier president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board of administrators.
Messi shouldn’t be a part of that case, neither is his earlier contract topic to any misdemeanours, however emails exchanged throughout talks over a renewal have been seized by police as they gathered data for the Barcagate case.
These emails subsequently ended up in El Mundo on Wednesday.
The Spanish newspaper’s revelations element how Messi wished a three-year deal till 2023 with a €10 million signing bonus and a unilateral choice to increase the contract till 2024.
Messi was keen to take a 20% deferral to his annual wage — which was round €70m, as revealed by El Mundo in a earlier leak — in 2020-21, however wished ensures he can be paid the deferred sums again within the following years with added curiosity.
Later that very same yr, after an 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich within the Champions League, Messi filed a switch request by way of a burofax, a type of recorded supply, nevertheless it wasn’t till 2021 that he left for Paris Saint-Germain on a free switch.
In 2021, he had agreed the phrases of a brand new contract with new president Joan Laporta, together with a 50% pay minimize, though Barca couldn’t afford to register it with LaLiga, whereas his requests the earlier yr have been by no means green-lighted by the earlier president Bartomeu.