- Barcelona have angrily released a statement to squash reports about Lionel Messi's contract extension demands
- Spanish press reported that Lionel Messi tabled shocking nine conditions to Barcelona before he wanted to extend his contract
- Messi joined Barcelona's La Masia as a 13-year-old kid after his family agreed to let him sign for the Camp Nou club
Spanish giants FC Barcelona have threatened to seek legal action after details surrounding Lionel Messi's contract negotiations were circulated in the Spanish media.
Messi was in talks with the Camp Nou outfit to extend his stay at Catalonia back in 2020, one year before he eventually joined French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
And on Wednesday, Spanish press outlet El Mundo released details of the contract discussions that occurred between the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner and the Blaugrana.
But Barcelona have furiously responded to the leaked information, saying it is "studying the legal measures that need to be taken"
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Below is the full statement released by Barcelona, as cited by Barca Universal.
"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.
"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."
Lionel Messi’s Nine Unbelievable Demands to Renew His Barcelona Contract in 2020 Leaked
According to a report by El Mundo, cited by Barca Universal, Messi tabled several wishes to renew his contract in 2020.
Apparently, the 35-year-old made nine whopping demands to renew his contract and stay at Camp Nou.
The list of requests of the Argentine genius at that time were a contract extension of three years, a private box for the families of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, a private plane, a renewal bonus worth €10 million, elimination of the release clause, repayment of wage cuts, wage raise with tax, renewal of his personal assistant's contract and commission to his brother.
Barcelona Reportedly Open Negotiations With Lionel Messi’s Representatives for Stunning Return in 2023
Barcelona are desperate to get Lionel Messi back a the club, Sports Brief earlier reported.
The club have reportedly opened negotiations with the player for a sensational return to the Camp Nou in 2023.
SportBible reported that Barcelona president Joan Laporta had already started discussions with Messi’s representatives. The player’s representatives are led by his father and agent, Jorge Messi.
Source: Sports Brief News