Lionel Messi Salary: PSG Calls Reports as 'False' & 'Unacceptable'

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi joined PSG from Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer
Lionel Messi joined PSG from Barcelona on a free transfer in the summer /

Paris Saint-Germain's sporting director, Leonardo has hit out at French publication, L'Equipe calling the report and figures which they published on Argentina icon, Lionel Messi as "false" and "unacceptable".

L'Equipe had on Saturday published the figures of the alleged salary that Messi receives on his three-year deal with the French giants following his move from Barcelona in the summer transfer window.

It was reported that the 34-year-old will earn €30million in each of his first two seasons with PSG, followed by a third worth €40m. Leonardo for his part has called such a report as false and disrespectful among other terms.

"We cannot accept the [front] cover of a newspaper like L'Equipe. It is completely false. It [shows] a lack of respect and we did not like it. It is very far from the truth, in terms of duration and numbers," said Leonardo.

"There are confidentiality clauses, but I can say that it is not true (regarding the three years). I do not understand the timing of the publication. It really is very far from reality. The duration of the contract is two years. It has no mandatory or non-mandatory option [for a third]."

PSG completed arguably the best transfer in the history of the sport when they signed the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner for free in the summer transfer window, with the player so far making two appearances for them - though he is yet to open his account for the club.