Lionel Messi has fulfilled a promise made final yr to Medical doctors With out Borders and donated over €70,000 to the charity after profitable a libel case towards newspaper La Razon, the participant’s administration firm has confirmed.
Spain’s Supreme Court docket has agreed with a Barcelona courtroom’s ruling that the criticism towards the ahead had been “pointless and impertinent” in an article printed after Argentina’s World Cup remaining defeat to Germany in 2014.
Past simply criticising the Barca participant, journalist Alfonso Ussia, who wrote the article, went so far as to assert that Messi wore a wig and had used the performance-enhancing drug Nandrolone.
Final yr’s ruling said that the article went exterior the bounds of an opinion piece and ordered that La Razon, its editor Francisco Marhuenda and Ussia ought to pay €72,783.20 to Messi.
The case had been left on standby for the final 17 months however was lastly closed on Thursday by the Supreme Court docket, with Messi then donating his compensation to charity.
“The soccer participant Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini has donated a complete of €72,783.20 to the organisation Medical doctors With out Borders,” the participant’s administration firm confirmed.
“It corresponds to the total quantity of compensation requested by the participant within the battle arising from the publication of the article ‘Sonatina’ in La Razon by the journalist Alfonso Ussia.
“The choice made by a Barcelona courtroom [last year] has now been declared inadmissible by the Supreme Court docket. [Messi] will proceed to defend himself towards false and inaccurate accusations which try to dishonour him.”
Messi was again in coaching with Barcelona on Thursday after coming back from Greece on Wednesday, the place Ernesto Valverde’s aspect had been held to a goalless draw by Olympiakos within the Champions League.
Barca are making ready for Saturday’s La Liga recreation towards Sevilla on the Camp Nou, which is adopted by a global break.
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.