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Barcelona said in a statement released Wednesday that it’s “studying the legal measures that require to be studied” after El Mundo leaked information on contract negotiations that occurred between your club and superstar forward Lionel Messi in 2020, per ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens.
The entire statement read:
“With regards to the info published in El Mundo beneath the title ‘Barca Leaks, the club’s secret files’, Barcelona express indignation at the intentional leaking of information that’s section of a legal process.
“The club regrets that the media involved boasts of experiencing ‘access to a wide array of documents and emails which are portion of the Barcagate investigation’ when these details is yet to be shared.
“Regardless, the article involved makes public documents which have nothing in connection with the ongoing case and their use can be an affront to the reputation and confidentiality of the club. Because of this, and with the purpose of protecting Barcelona’s rights, the club’s legal department are studying the legal measures that require to be studied.”
Per El Mundo‘s report, Messi wished to reduce his buyout clause to just 10,000 ($9,849), wanted guarantees the club would pay him his deferred wages, desired a three-year deal that included a 10 million signing bonus and a new player option for a fourth season in 2024 along with other considerations, including private boxes for both his and Luis Suarez’s family at Camp Nou.
Messi reportedly could have taken a 20 percent pay cut on his 70 million annual salary but wished to be repaid that sum with fascination with the near future.
He ultimately signed with Paris Saint-Germain on a free of charge transfer in 2021. Despite agreeing to terms with new club president Joan Laporta, Barcelona’s financial woes made them struggling to register the agreement with La Liga.
El Mundo became aware of Messi’s previous contract requests in negotiations with Barcelona after reportedly obtaining emails that police had gathered during a study in to the club. Messi himself isn’t being investigated.
Per ESPN’s report, “Barcagate can be an ongoing legal case associated with third-party payments, breaching internal protocols and smear campaigns against club legends relating to the previous president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board of directors.”