The Spanish club Barcelona has vowed to take legal action against a publication in Spain for publishing information that was obtained illegally about the club’s contract discussions with
Lionel Messi in 2020. El Mundo published on Wednesday a list of the demands that Lionel Messi had made to the club to extend his stay at Camp Nou as he entered the last year of his contract there.
Barcelona Threatens Legal Action Over Lionel Messi’s Contract Leak
Messi wanted his release clause reduced to a symbolic amount of €10,000, private boxes at Camp Nou for his and Luis Suarez’s families, guarantees that deferred wages would be paid back to him, and backdated commission payments to be paid to his brother Rodrigo for his work as an agent.
Messi also wanted private boxes at Camp Nou for his and Luis Suarez’s families. Messi also wanted private boxes at Camp Nou for his and Luis Suarez’s families.
El Mundo Published “Barca Leaks, The Club’s Secrets
“In reaction to the information that was published in El Mundo under the banner “Barca Leaks, the club’s secret files,” the Catalan club announced in a statement that it was “irritated by the willful leaking of data that is part of a judicial proceeding.”
Although the media outlet in question boasts of having “access to a great number of documents and emails that are part of the Barcagate probe,” the club has expressed its displeasure with the fact that this information has not yet been made available to the general public
.” In any case, the article in question makes public papers that have nothing to do with the current lawsuit, and the use of these documents is an insult to the reputation of the club as well as to its right to maintain its confidentiality.
The Club’s Legal Department is Looking Into The Situation Right Now
The article in question makes public papers that have nothing to do with the current lawsuit. As a result of this fact, the club’s legal department is now analyzing the required legal procedures that need to be done to protect Barcelona’s rights.
This investigation is being conducted to preserve Barcelona’s rights. Bargate is the name of an ongoing judicial case that includes members of Josep Maria Bartomeu’s board of directors in addition to the former president of the club, Josep Maria Bartomeu.
This case involves the breaking of internal rules, the making of improper payments to third parties, and the conducting of smear campaigns against prominent members of the club.
Emails that were sent and received during negotiations for a contract extension were seized by the police as they were gathering evidence for the Barcagate investigation.
Messi Isn’t Being Questioned In This Inquiry
Messi is not a suspect in that investigation, nor are any violations of the law found in his prior contract. These emails were published the following Wednesday in El Mundo as result.
The allegations made by the Spanish daily describe how Lionel Messi desired a three-year agreement that would run until 2023, with a signing bonus of €10 million and an option for him to extend the contract on his own until 2024.
Messi was willing to take a 20% deferral to his annual salary — which was around €70 million, as revealed by El Mundo in a previous leak — in 2020-21, but he wanted guarantees that he would be paid the deferred sums back in the following years with added interest.
Messi’s annual salary was approximately €70 million, as revealed by El Mundo in a previous leak. In the subsequent months of the same year, after an 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Messi submitted a transfer request using a burofax, which is a kind of recorded delivery.
However, he did not leave for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer until the year 2021. In 2021, he had agreed to the conditions of a new contract with the new president Joan Laporta.
Which included a wage decrease of fifty percent (50%); however, Barcelona was unable to afford to register it with LaLiga, and his demands from the previous year were never approved by president Bartomeu.