Spanish La Liga top side Barcelona say they will take “appropriate legal action” against Spanish newspaper El Mundo for what they did to their Argentine forward Lionel Messi.
According to reports the newspaper published details of six-times world best footballer of the year Lionel Messi’s contract. Barcelona denied “any responsibility for the publication of this document”.
Barcelona May still keep Messi
According to the report it was gathered that the 33-years-old Argentine International requested to leave the club in August. His contract runs out in the summer and there is uncertainty if he will remain with the club.
Barcelona said in a statement that they “regret” its publication, adding: “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.
“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 entity where he has worked to become the best player in the world and in football history.”
Messi who is the club’s leading goalscorer and has won 10 La Liga titles, the Champions League four times and the Ballon d’Or – awarded to the world’s best player – six times may just not be leaving the club soon.
His controversial summer request to leave followed clashes with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned in October. Messi described Bartomeu’s reign as “a disaster”, he said: “I don’t know what I’m going to do yet.”