The contract would make Messi the best paid athlete in sports activities historical past.
The membership additionally stated it’s going to take authorized motion in opposition to the newspaper “for any damage that may be caused as a result of this publication.”
According to the report, Messi’s contract, which was signed in November 2017 and runs till June 30 this yr, might have seen the star ahead earn $167 million a season together with bonuses. The written settlement additionally reportedly consists of a picture rights contract.
El Mundo additionally experiences that Messi acquired a “renewal fee” of $139 million for accepting the contract and a $94 million loyalty bonus.
“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.
“FC Barcelona expresses its absolute assist for Lionel Messi, particularly within the face of any try to discredit his picture, and to wreck his relationship with the entity the place he has labored to turn into the perfect participant on the planet and in soccer historical past.”
CNN has contacted El Mundo in relation to Barcelona’s statement but is yet to receive a response.
In its publishing of the story, El Mundo said the analysis of the document was a laborious process carried out in recent days.
Messi has yet to publicly respond to El Mundo’s story and didn’t immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Meanwhile, Messi scored his 650th goal for Barcelona on Sunday in a 2-1 win against Athletic Bilbao.
His first-half free-kick and Antoine Griezmann’s second-half winner saw Barcelona, now unbeaten in La Liga since December 5, move second in La Liga ahead of rival Real Madrid.