Barcelona has threatened to sue a Spanish tabloid that said Lionel Messi wanted more money in his contract. The Argentine superstar left Camp Nou as a free agent in the summer of 2021, joining Paris Saint-Germain-but only after all efforts were made to negotiate new terms.

El Mundo says that it was told that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner asked for his release clause to be lowered to a symbolic €10,000, that his family and Luis Suarez were given private boxes and guarantees about the payment of deferred wages, and that his brother Rodrigo be paid a backdated commission for his work as an agent.


“In reference to the information published in El Mundo under the title “Barca Leaks, the club’s secret files,” Barcelona expresses displeasure at the purposeful leakage of information that is part of a legal procedure,” the club said in a statement released on the club’s official website. The club is unhappy that these news outlets say they have “access to a huge number of papers and emails that are part of the Barcagate investigation,” even though this information has not been made public.

In any event, the article in question makes public papers that have nothing to do with the current issue, and their use is a slap in the face to the club’s image and confidentially. As a result, and in order to safeguard Barcelona’s rights, the club’s legal department is researching the legal steps that must be taken. “

“Barcagate” refers to the ongoing legal battle over alleged third-party payments and smear campaigns against club icons by former president Josep Maria Bartomeu and a board of directors that quit in October 2020.
Xavi’s team has kept saying that Messi will be welcome back when he leaves PSG in the summer of 2023. Despite a busy transfer window, they have gotten off to a perfect start in La Liga this season.

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