Barcelona will take legal action against the Spanish newspaper El Mundo after it published information of Lionel Messi’s existing agreement, which it states deserves as much as 555 million euros ($ 674m) over four years.

The club likewise insisted on Sunday they were not responsible for the leakage, which it defined as a “private document governed by the principle of privacy in between the parties”. The club, however, did not reject the details of the report.

El Mundo states the deal signed by football star Messi in 2017 is the “largest in the history of sport” which it had actually added to the club’s current monetary troubles, which have been worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic – calling it the “gigantic agreement that ruins Barcelona”.

The 33-year-old might wind up collecting an optimum of EUR555 237 619 ($ 673 919 104) before it expires on June 30 this year, if all conditions were satisfied.

Messi would have to pay about half of that amount in taxes in Spain.

With 6 months left of the deal to run, “the player has actually currently made EUR511 290 052 ($ 621m), practically 92% of the possible total”, the report declared.

” In view of the info published today in the paper El Mundo, in relation to the expert agreement signed between FC Barcelona and the gamer Lionel Messi, the club regrets its publication offered that it is a private document governed by the concept of confidentiality in between the celebrations,” said Barcelona in a statement.

” FC Barcelona unconditionally denies any obligation for the publication of this document and will take suitable legal action against the paper El Mundo, for any damage that may be caused as a result of this publication.

” FC Barcelona reveals its absolute support for Lionel Messi, specifically in the face of any attempt to discredit his image, and to harm his relationship with the club where he has worked to end up being the finest gamer in the world and in football history.”

According to the report, Messi earned $140m just for signing the contract in 2017 and amongst his potential benefits is a $4.3 m reward for winning the Champions League and $2.9 m for winning Spain’s La Liga, El Mundo claimed.

Messi, who joined Barca in 2000 aged 13 and made his launching in 2004, is the club’s all-time scorer with 650 goals and has also offered 280 assists in 755 looks for the Catalan club.

Messi assisted Barcelona win more than 30 prizes.

Irritated with Barca’s decline over the last few years, Messi is set to choose in the coming months whether he wishes to remain at Barcelona or leave the club.

The Argentine tried to leave Barca last August by means of a release provision in his agreement however ultimately chose to remain in order to prevent a court case with the club.

Messi’s club contract overshadows those of the other top earners in global sport.

Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, last year signed the biggest agreement in North American sport, worth a minimum of $450m, however it is 10 years long.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agreement with Juventus deserves a reported $36.4 m a year, but perks may have taken it approximately $85m last season. Ronaldo likewise earns more from endorsements than Messi.