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Barcelona to sue El Mundo over claim Messi’s contract worth €555m.

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Barcelona will take legal action against the Spanish newspaper El Mundo after it published details on Sunday of Lionel Messi’s current contract, which it says is worth up to 555 million euros ($674 million) over four years.

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Barca responded by also insisting they were not responsible for the leak, although the club did not deny the details of the report.

El Mundo say the deal signed by Messi in 2017 is the “largest in the history of sport” and called it the “colossal contract that ruins Barcelona”.

The 33-year-old could end up collecting a maximum of 555,237,619 euros before it expires on June 30 this year, if all conditions were met.

With six months left of the deal to run, “the player has already earned 511,290,052 euros, almost 92 per cent of the possible total”, the report claims.

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The leak comes as Barcelona are wrestling with a dire financial situation, worsened by the pandemic, and with Messi’s future still up in the air, given the striker can leave the club for free this summer.

“In view of the information published today in the newspaper El Mundo, in relation to the professional contract signed between FC Barcelona and the player Lionel Messi, the club regrets its publication given that it is a private document governed by the principle of confidentiality between the parties,” said Barcelona in a statement.

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– ‘Absolute support’ –

“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.

Sky-high price: Lionel Messi’s salary is in the spotlight J. Bassa AFP/File

“FC Barcelona expresses its absolute support for Lionel Messi, especially in the face of any attempt to discredit his image, and to damage his relationship with the club where he has worked to become the best player in the world and in football history.”

According to the report, Messi earned 115 million euros just for signing the contract in 2017 and among his potential bonuses is a 3,548,644-euro reward for winning the Champions League and 2,365,766 euros for winning La Liga, El Mundo claims.

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His club contract dwarfs those of the other top earners in global sport.

Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, last year signed the biggest contract in North American sport, worth a minimum of 450 million dollars, but it is 10 years long.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract with Juventus is worth a reported 30 million euros a year, but bonuses may have taken it up to 70 million euros last season. Ronaldo also earns more from endorsements than Messi.

Messi is set to decide in the coming months whether he wants to stay at Barcelona or leave the club he joined as a 13-year-old and where he has become arguably the greatest player of all time.

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Frustrated with Barca’s decline in recent years, the Argentinian also feels unfairly blamed for worsening performances on the pitch.

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the favourites to sign Messi if he chooses to leave.

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Leo Messi sends amusing message to Iker Casillas

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Barcelona icon Lionel Messi has heaped special praise on Real Madrid and Spain legend Iker Casillas following his emotional retirement.

Casillas called time on his illustrious career at the age of 39 on Tuesday just 14 months on from suffering a heart attack during training with Porto.

While at Madrid, Casillas racked up an incredible five La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues while winning the 2010 World Cup and back-to-back European Championships with Spain in 2008 and 2012.

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And following his decision to retire, Messi sent a classy message to his former Madrid rival after some incredible battles over the years in the El Clasico.

Writing a message in Spanish newspaper AS, Messi said: ‘Iker retires today, but he passed into the history of football a long time ago.

‘Not only because he was a benchmark in La Liga, but also because he managed to win everything internationally.

‘You are a spectacular goalkeeper and it was really hard to have you as an opponent.

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‘But, looking back, I also think that it was a pretty nice rivalry that made us have to outdo ourselves every time we faced each other.’

On his Twitter account on Tuesday, Casillas – who played a sensational 725 times for Spanish giants Madrid before finishing his playing days with Porto – announced his retirement in a letter and penned an emotional message.

He wrote: ‘The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination to which it takes you.

‘Because that with work and effort, I think I can say, without hesitation, that is has been the path and the dream destination.’

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Madrid then paid their own tribute to a player who featured for them over the course of 16 seasons between 1999 and 2015. He had been with their youth set-up since 1990.

They wrote: ‘Real Madrid CF wants to show its appreciation, admiration and love for one of the greatest legends of our club and world football.

‘The best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football came to our house when he was nine years old.

‘Here our shirt was formed and defended for 25 years, being forever one of our most iconic captains. Iker Casillas has earned the love of Real Madrid and is a benchmark of the values that represent Real Madrid.

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‘Today, one of the most important footballers in our 118-year history, a player whom we love and admire, a goalkeeper who has enlarged the legend of Real Madrid with his work and with exemplary behavior both inside and outside, says goodbye as a professional player.

‘Iker Casillas was included 5 times in the FIFA FIFPro World XI and chosen 5 times best goalkeeper in the world by the IFFHS.

‘His impressive sports career has been recognized with the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sports Merit, the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit and the Gold Medal of the Community of Madrid.

‘Iker Casillas belongs to the heart of Real Madrid and will be so forever. Real Madrid wants to convey to him and his family the affection of our club, which is the club of his life.’

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Colombian Teenager Joins Lionel Messi in New Gatorade ‘GOAT CAMP’ Commercial


There’s learning from the best, and then there’s learning from the best.

Gatorade’s new ad, GOAT CAMP, gives a high-def vision of a world in which you could learn from the best. Which is nice of them.

Their shiny new campaign, celebrating their ongoing partnership with the Champions League, kicks off with six-time Ballon d’Or winner Leo Messi, 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams, sprinting world record holder Usain Bolt, and six-time champion and NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. They don’t call it GOAT CAMP lightly.

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Setien Aims Messi’s Contract Renewal


Quique Setien Aiming to Show Lionel Messi Why He Should Sign New Barcelona contract…


New Barcelona boss Quique Setien has made it his mission to ensure Lionel Messi signs a new contract at Camp Nou.

Messi continues to demonstrate his unquestionable importance to the club, netting the first goal of Setien’s tenure in a 1-0 victory over Granada. He then followed that up with a brace in the 5-0 Copa del Rey victory over Leganes on Thursday.

But Setien’s baptism of fire has been far from perfect, and will be hoping that Messi can inspire Barça through a tricky period. Their disappointing 2-0 loss against Valencia in their most recent La Liga fixture underlined just how much work there is to be done at Camp Nou.


Ahead of Barcelona’s home clash against Levante on Sunday, Setien stressed how crucial it was to keep Messi at the club beyond his current contract, which expires at the end of the 2020/21 season.

“I hope we make Messi so happy that he wants to stay,” he said, as quoted by Sport.

Part of the motivation behind Barcelona’s sacking of Ernesto Valverde was the worrying decline of the club’s historically entertaining football, and Setien is keen to rectify the style of play.


“I do believe Barça’s play was going away from the original idea,” he added. “I want to win all the games and my dream is to leave a good memory.”

However, Setien’s task has been made all the more challenging following the long-term injury to Luis Suarez. The club pursued a host of targets in January, but ultimately did not make a signing.

Luis Suarez
Setien reassured fans they have the squad to cope without a direct Suarez replacement, adding: “We can play with no pure striker, with Griezmann or we will figure out something.”


He also singled out much-maligned French winger Ousmane Dembele for praise during the week, declaring how impressive the 22-year-old’s has performed in training after his return from injury.

Barcelona slipped to second in La Liga following their recent defeat in Valencia, but managed to progress to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey to set up a tie against Athletic Club.


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