▲ Lionel Messi crowned Barcelona’s 2-1 accomplishment over Athletic Bilbao the other day with a complimentary kick goal. Afp image


La Jornada newspaper

Monday, February 1, 2021, p. 4

Madrid. Lionel Messi’s latest contract with Barcelona amounts to 555 million euros ($ 673 million) for 4 seasons, according to the Spanish paper El Mundo.

The paper reported that it had access to the document that Messi signed with the Catalan club in 2017, which included repaired and variable earnings that could amount to practically 138 million euros (167 million dollars) each season. The paper worried that it is the biggest agreement signed with a professional athlete in history.

Messi would have to pay around half of what he earned as taxes in Spain. The report keeps in mind that the 33-year-old Argentine star has actually already secured more than 510 million euros ($ 619 million) of the overall contract.

Barcelona rejected obligation for the leak of the document and threatened to take legal action against the paper.

In his Twitter account, the president of the Spanish league, Javier Tebas, described the leak of the contract as yellow-colored. He likewise defended what Messi charges.

The delicate monetary circumstance of FC Barcelona (like that of other big clubs) is not Messi’s fault but rather the devastating effect of Covid, wrote Tebas on the social media; without a pandemic, the income generated by the best in history supports that expenditure.

Hours after the profitable contract was revealed, Messi delivered a brilliant performance, which he capped with an excellent complimentary kick goal in Barcelona’s 2-1 success over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league.

Facing the crescent, Messi nailed the ball at the angle to open the account at 20 minutes. The Argentine star thus reached 650 goals in main matches.

After an own objective by Jordi Alba at 49 to level ball game, Antoine Griezmann rounded off a good collective move with a shot from the center of the location at 74, hence sealing the Barça’s fifth triumph in the league.

The triumph at the Camp Nou enabled them to move Real Madrid from second position -by much better goal distinction-, with both having 40 points. Both are 10 points behind the leader Atlético de Madrid, who, propelled by a double by Luis Suárez, had actually beaten Cádiz 4-2 hours previously.

It was the 8th success in a row for the colchoneros, who arrive at mid-season with a large space of benefit over Barcelona and Madrid, with a pending match.

In this battle, the Mexican Héctor Herrera went back to the activity after more than a month away due to an injury. He went into the last minutes to replace Suárez.

In another match, Celta de Vigo, with Mexican Néstor Araujo for 90 minutes, drew goalless versus Granada. Getafe also chose 0-0 against Alavés.