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Messi May Quit Barcelona In June After Earning Over £500m

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Lionel Messi, one of the greatest players to have ever played the round leather is said to end his current contract with Barcelona by June, 2021. The Argentine great, when he eventually parts way with the club would have earned over £500million from the contract he signed with Barcelona four seasons ago, making the deal the biggest in sports history, according to El Mundo.

The 33-year-old Messi, is gradually coming towards the end of his latest four-year deal at the Nou Camp.

And Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, reported the total value to be  €555,237,619 – or £492m – after alleging to have obtained a copy of the 30-page confidential paperwork.

That is made up of a fixed salary, image rights, variables as well as the tax that Barcelona have had to pay and trumps NFL star Patrick Mahomes’ £402m deal with Kansas City Chiefs.

Messi’s bumper contract, therefore, is worth on average up to £123m per year with all the bonuses included.

One of those bonuses is said to be a £102m ‘renewal fee’ simply for signing on the dotted line in November 2017.

Missi also pockets an extra ‘loyalty bonus’ of £69m each year for staying at the club. But the Barcelona playmaker and a six- time Ballon d’Or winner tried to quit the club last summer by attempting to trigger a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for free.

But after threatening legal action, he made a dramatic U-turn to see out the final year of his contract.

He is, though, expected to leave after 20 years this summer with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City among the mega-rich clubs hoping to land the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Speaking in December, he admitted he still ‘doesn’t know’ what he would do at the end of the season.

Messi, who is currently free to talk to other clubs now, said: “I know there are a lot of people at Barca who still love me, but I’m going to do what is best for the club and for myself.

“Besides, I want to live in Barcelona and be involved in the club in some way when I retire.

“I don’t know if I’m going to leave, but if I do, I would like to leave in the best way possible and be able to return to the club in the future.

“Barcelona are much bigger than any player. I hope that every time the club have to, they will do good things to lift important titles.”

The leaked information regarding Messi’s contract comes just days after Barcelona’s financial report revealed debts of £1billion.

Which includes a short-term debt of £638m, £236m of which needs to be paid back to various banks and financial institutions before June 30.

There have also been a lot of accusations about Messi’s wages and how his ‘138 million euros’ wage bill is the primary cause for Barca’s heavy financial debt.

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Barcelona has however denied the publication and have promised to take a legal action against the Spanish newspaper El Mundo after it published details of the contract.

Messi,  joined Barcelona at 13 but handed in a transfer request in August.

His contract runs out in the summer and there is uncertainty if he will remain with the club.

Barcelona in a statement said they: “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.”

Fans and football lovers are still not sure where Messi might move to, but his salary would likely be a determinant factor especially with the drop in revenue caused by the pandemic.

Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards during his time at Barcelona, while helping the club win 10 Spanish league titles and four Champions League crowns.

 

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Aisha Buhari Withdraws Defamation Case Against University Student Aminu Mohammed

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First Lady Aisha Buhari on Friday withdrew a defamation case against a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Mohammed.

The prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, told the court in Abuja on Friday that the president’s wife withdrew the case due to the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.

The first lady has been under pressure since news of Mohammed’s arrest broke last week.

Celebrities, social media influencers, students, politicians, media analysts have been commenting on the plight of Mohammed, who landed in trouble over a comment that the wife of Nigeria’s number one citizen found offensive.

Back in June, Mohammed had tweeted that the First Lady was feeding ‘fat’ on poor people’s money.

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The tweet, which was posted in Hausa, read: “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi.” It loosely translates as “Mama has fed fat on poor people’s money.”

A picture of Aisha Buhari was posted with the tweet to match the post.

 

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Labour Party Rejects Suspension Of Okupe As Campaign DG

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Labour Party Rejects Suspension Of Okupe As Campaign DG

The Labour Party has rejected the purported suspension of its presidential campaign council (PCC) director-general, Doyin Okupe.

Umar-Farouk Ibrahim, the national secretary of the party said this when he addressed reporters in Abuja on Friday.

Ibrahim said that the national leadership of the party was surprised at the suspension by the Ogun chapter which was without due process.

“The Ogun State Chapter has acted outside its constitutional jurisdiction; the party has an internal conflict resolution mechanism of handling cases against members as enshrined in the party’s constitution.

“There are also disciplinary measures to be taken, for example, before you discipline any member, there are certain procedures that you have to follow, you have to issue a query among other procedures, and that has not been followed.

“No complaint was written by the state chapter, his ward and his local government, so we are saying the national headquarters is not aware of what they are doing, they are doing it on their own.

“The National Working Committee(NWC) is going to set up a committee and appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against the perpetrators in the state exco and we are going to fish them out and take appropriate action,” he said.

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Ibrahim said the suspension was void as Okupe remained a card- carrying member LP and the DG PCC.

He said that the party was not unaware of attempts by opposition parties to infiltrate its structures at all levels.

Ibrahim said that the party’s leadership would do everything within its powers to ensure that its cohesion was not tampered with and would not be distracted by the antics of the opposition candidates until all its candidates were victorious in the 2023 general election.

He expressed worry over recent attacks on party members, candidates and officials in some states, particularly Edo, Ebonyi states and Kaduna where the state women leader was gruesomely murdered.
(NAN)

 

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BREAKING: Wike Dares Buhari To Name Governors Diverting Council Funds

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BREAKING: Wike Dares Buhari To Name Governors Diverting Council Funds

President Muhammadu Buhari was on Friday challenged to name the state governors who diverted local government allocations.

The challenge came from Rivers State Governor Nyesome.

The president had at an event on Thursday alleged that some state governors divert allocations to local governments councils sent from the federation account.

He also accused the governors of making the council bosses sign undertakings for money not received and agreeing to have received the full allocation.

But on Friday, at the commissioning of a project in Port Harcourt, Gov. Wike claimed that he has never touched monies meant for the local government since he came on board in 2015.

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The governor also claimed that none of the G5 governors in the Peoples Democratic Party has ever touched local government allocations.

He then challenged the President to name the governors who tamper with local government allocations.

Wike said ” I challenge Mr. President, you must come out and tell Nigerians those committing this offence.

“You said the Governors are taking local government funds. I want to say, in the name of Almighty God, I’ve never touched local government funds one day. I have never and I have no reason to do that.

“So Mr President, tell us who are those people? You know them, tell us.

“I’m not one of those governors. Mr President tells Nigerians that the Integrity Governors are not part of them.

“Do us a favour to announce all those states that are taking local government funds”.

 

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