LaLiga: Barcelona threaten legal action after Messi’s contract demands are leaked


Barcelona are threatening to take legal action against a Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, after they leaked details of the club’s contract negotiations with Lionel Messi in 2020.

A series of requests Messi made to the LaLiga club to renew his deal at Camp Nou as he moved into the final year of his terms were revealed.

Messi wanted his release clause cut down to a symbolic €10,000, private boxes at Camp Nou for his and Luis Suarez’s families, guarantees 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.

“In relation to the information published in El Mundo under the title ‘Barca Leaks, the club’s secret files’, Barcelona express indignation at the intentional leaking of information that is part of a legal process,” Barcelona said in a statement.

“The club regrets that the media in question boasts of having ‘access to a huge number of documents and emails that are part of the Barcagate investigation’ when this information is yet to be shared.

“In any case, the article in question makes public documents that have nothing to do with the ongoing case and their use is an affront to the reputation and confidentiality of the club. For that reason, and with the aim of protecting Barcelona’s rights, the club’s legal department are studying the legal measures that need to be taken.”

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