According to information gathered by Periódico de Ibiza y Formentera, Argentine footballer Leo Messi has bought a mansion in Sant Josep for 11 million euros that is in an irregular situation, without a building permit or a certificate of habitability.

It is a 568-square-metre house built on common rustic land and, therefore, not for development in Cala Tarida. The purchase was closed on 3 February of this year before a notary in Barcelona.

On behalf of Leo Messi, a lawyer of the footballer appeared before the notary, although both the company that owns the mansion (Edificio Rostower) and the parent company (Limecu, acronym of Leo Messi Cuccittini) are represented by Rodrigo Messi, brother of the Argentinean sportsman. The property was owned by the Swiss citizen Philippe Amon, according to the information available to this newspaper.

The property has a ground floor of 420 square metres, as well as a basement of 16.79 metres, an annex of 38.85 metres and a swimming pool of 92 metres. The property has a surface area of just over 16,000 square metres.

The initial urban planning problem of the mansion before it was owned by Messi was due to the construction of several rooms in the garage of the property, which is why the Sant Josep Town Hall did not grant the final building permit or the certificate of habitability. These rooms were not included in the initial project, as confirmed this Saturday by the Town Hall of Sant Josep.

At the time of the operation, the footballer's legal representative, a lawyer from Barcelona, was unaware of this irregular situation, according to Periódico de Ibiza y Formentera. They are now aware of the urban planning problems and Messi's legal representatives know what steps they must take to legalise the property.   

In fact, there have already been some contacts by a lawyer of the footballer to know the solution so that the mansion has a certificate of habitability and, therefore, that it is legal for all purposes. The Sant Josep Town Hall has admitted to this media that the works can be legalised as long as the property eliminates the areas that were not included in the initial project, that is to say, that the rooms in the garage are eliminated.