Messi’s contract worth up to 555 million euros: Report

Messi’s contract worth up to 555 million euros: Report


Lionel Messi’s most recent contract with Barcelona is worth up to 555 million euros ($673 million) over four seasons, the El Mundo newspaper reported on Sunday.

The Spanish daily said it had access to the document Messi signed with the Catalan club in 2017, which included fixed incomes and variables that could reach nearly 138 million euros ($167 million) each season. The newspaper said it is the most expensive contract ever agreed with an athlete in any sport.

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

The report said the 33-year-old player has already secured more than 510 million euros ($619 million) of the total.

Barcelona denied responsibility for leaking the document and said it would take legal action against the newspaper.

“The club regrets its publication given that it is a private document governed by the principle of confidentiality between the parties,” it said in a statement. “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.”

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

Messi, who did not immediately make any public comments about the report, later Sunday scored a goal in the team’s 2-1 win against Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league. The result moved the Catalan club into second place for the first time this season, though its gap to leader Atlético Madrid was 10 points.

The leak comes as Barcelona tries to manage a huge debt created mostly because of the coronavirus pandemic. The club has been led by a caretaker board since president Josep Bartomeu resigned in October while facing a no-confidence motion. New presidential elections are scheduled for March 7.

The newspaper also detailed how Messi rewarded the club over the years, having helped it win more than 30 titles.

Messi has been with Barcelona for nearly two decades but asked to leave at the end of last season after saying he wasn’t happy with the direction the club was taking. His request was denied but he will be able to leave for free when this season ends.

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Leo Messi emprenderá acciones legales contra El Mundo por la filtración de su contrato

Leo Messi emprenderá acciones legales contra El Mundo por la filtración de su contrato


Este domingo El Mundo hizo públicas las cifras del contrato del futbolista argentino Leo Messi con el FC Barcelona, el cual asciende 555 millones 237mil 619 euros brutos, a cobrar en cuatro temporadas –entre la 2017/2018 y la que está en curso– hasta su vencimiento, el próximo 30 de junio.

Madrid, 31 de enero (EFE).- El futbolista argentino del FC Barcelona emprenderá acciones legales contra el periódico El Mundo, que este domingo reveló las cifras de su contrato con el Barcelona. Según pudo saber EFE, los abogados de Messi están estudiando “implicar a quienes desde el seno del club tuvieran acceso a dicho contrato y pudieran haberlo filtrado”.

Este domingo El Mundo hizo públicas las cifras del contrato del futbolista argentino Leo Messi con el FC Barcelona, el cual asciende 555 millones 237mil 619 euros brutos, a cobrar en cuatro temporadas –entre la 2017/2018 y la que está en curso– hasta su vencimiento, el próximo 30 de junio, lo que lo convierte en el “contrato más caro de la historia del deporte”.

La remuneración representa, según el rotativo, 138 millones 809 mil 404 euros brutos (74 millones 900 mil netos), que desglosa de la siguiente forma: 380 mil 299 euros brutos al día (210 mil 297 euros netos), cifra a la que hay que añadir los rendimientos de la explotación de su imagen, apartado en el que el jugador se reserva, además, hasta el 80 por ciento de los ingresos obtenidos por este concepto.

En los ingresos que refleja el contrato se desvela la existencia de dos primas, una por la renovación del contrato (115 millones 225 mil), y otra por fidelidad (entorno a 78 millones).

El FC Barcelona no demoró su respuesta ante este hecho y emitió un comunicado en el que niega categóricamente la filtración del contrato del argentino y anuncia que emprenderá acciones legales contra el citado periódico por “los perjuicios que le puedan causar” esta publicación.

Los tres candidatos a la presidencia del Barcelona -Joan Laporta, Víctor Font y Toni Freixa- también mostraron su descontento sobre este asunto, y resaltaron la importancia de la figura de Messi para el equipo de la ciudad condal.

Según diferentes expertos económicos consultados por EFE, Leo Messi constituye una fuente de riqueza para el club, LaLiga y la ciudad de Barcelona. Todos coinciden en que el rosarino genera más dinero para el Barcelona del gasto que le supone al club.

Marc Ciria, financiero y socio fundador de Diagonal Inversiones explicó a EFE que Messi genera en torno a 250 y 300 millones de euros y añade: “si su salario bruto es de 140, como mínimo el Barça tiene 100 millones de beneficio”.

Francesc Cruces, vicepresidente de la agencia de marketing deportivo Octagon en España y director académico de la Sports Management School, expresó que la marcha de Messi “afectaría seguro” en la negociación de los derechos televisivos de LaLiga. El experto considera que Messi está siendo más importante que el propio club a nivel de imagen “y esto es un problema que el Barça tiene que arreglar”





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Our ecosystem is already paying the climate change price



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Every war has its battlegrounds. The question, in the war on climate change, is whether we are focused on battling to cut emissions – or battling each other, while vulnerable animals, ecosystems and human communities suffer.

Last summer I visited Matiu Island, a predator-free wildlife reserve in Wellington Harbour, with my dad who volunteers as a guide. The birds and tuatara I saw nesting there are safe fro





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EU snubs UK envoy in tit-for-tat move

EU snubs UK envoy in tit-for-tat move


The EU has postponed a protocol meeting between the UK’s new envoy to the EU institutions, Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby, and the office of EU Council president Charles Michel in a tit-for-tat dispute, The Guardian reports. The meeting, due Thursday, was put off because London has refused to grant full diplomatic privileges to the EU ambassador, João Vale de Almeida, on grounds he did not represent a normal nation state.



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Usa: Trump ha raccolto 255,4 milioni dopo elezioni – Nord America

Usa: Trump ha raccolto 255,4 milioni dopo elezioni – Nord America


Donald Trump e il partito repubblicano hanno raccolto la cifra complessiva di 255,4 milioni di dollari nelle otto settimane successive alle elezioni, quelle dominate dalle accuse di brogli da parte dell’ex presidente. Lo riporta il New York Times.
    Trump aveva raccolto 207,5 milioni nel solo mese successivo al voto e quindi i nuovi dati complessivi mostrano un rallentamento delle donazioni, particolarmente accentuato dopo il 14 dicembre, giorno in cui il collegio dei grandi elettori ha ufficialmente incoronato Joe Biden presidente. 
   

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