Tennis legend Rafael Nadal talks Lionel Messi’s contract debate

Rafael Nadal of Spain (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal of Spain (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images) /

The world of football is still shocked by the huge breach of privacy that took place a few days ago. The world’s best footballer’s contract was leaked to the public and no one has managed to figure out who was the culprit. The contract put Lionel Messi in a bad light when looked at parallel with Barcelona’s current financial situation. However, many people have chosen to defend the superstar, Rafael Nadal being one of them.

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The Tennis Legend who has won 20 Grand Slams has decided to stand up for his fellow sportsman. The King of Clay, in a recent press conference, stood up for Messi, even though he is a self-proclaimed Real Madrid fan. He said in the interview,

"“In the end there is a player who is undoubtedly one of the best in history and he charges what the club has been willing to pay him. From there there is no debate I think.”Source Tennis world"

He further went on to say that the finances of the club are not something that Messi should concern himself with as his job is just to play the game and win the club as many trophies as he can. The club has decided that the Argentine deserves the payment and thus it is in no way shape or form the fault of the player.

Many have speculated that the club has leaked the contract themselves to deflect the blame of their situation on the player. The 33-year-old himself has decided to lodge complaints against five individuals in Barcelona including former President, Josep Maria Bartomeu. The Catalans have defended their player and have decided to sue the paper which leaked the news, El Mundo.

This is yet another controversy which the club did not need at the moment. This may surely mark the end of the captain’s stay at the club as they have managed to breach his trust yet again. Even if the Argentine decides to stay, there is no way Barcelona can pay the same amount to the player and specialists have concluded that Messi will have to take a 40% wage cut in order to continue at the club.

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