Lionel Messi’s most up-to-date contract with Barcelona is worth up to 555 million euros ($673 million) over 4 seasons, the El Mundo newspaper reported on Sunday.
The Spanish day by day stated it had entry to the doc Messi signed with the Catalan membership in 2017, which included mounted incomes and variables that might attain practically 138 million euros ($167 million) every season. The newspaper stated it’s the costliest contract ever agreed with an athlete in any sport.
Messi would have to pay about half of that in taxes in Spain.
The report stated the 33-year-old participant has already secured greater than 510 million euros ($619 million) of the entire.
Barcelona denied accountability for leaking the doc and stated it might take authorized motion towards the newspaper.
“The club regrets its publication given that it is a private document governed by the principle of confidentiality between the parties,” it stated 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.”
The membership expressed 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.”
Messi didn’t instantly make any public feedback concerning the report.
The leak comes as Barcelona tries to handle an enormous debt created largely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The membership has been led by a caretaker board since president Josep Bartomeu resigned in October whereas going through a no-confidence movement. New presidential elections are scheduled for March 7.
The newspaper additionally detailed how Messi rewarded the membership over time, having helped it win greater than 30 titles.
Messi has been with Barcelona for practically twenty years however requested to depart on the finish of final season after saying he wasn’t pleased with the route the membership was taking. His request was denied however he will likely be ready to depart totally free when this season ends.
Barcelona can transfer to second place within the Spanish league with a house win towards Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.