Barcelona football captain Lionel Messi is tired of being allegedly blamed for all the problems in the Catalan club.
The star Argentine footballer reacted to the criticism of the former agent of his teammate Antoine Griezmann, to whom Messi allegedly complicates life in the club.
Eric Olhats said in an interview with France Football that Messi had too much power in the club and that his “government of terror” was making it difficult for Griezmann to adapt in Barcelona. The French striker transferred to the Catalan team from Atlética Madrid last year for 120 million euros and has not yet met high expectations.
He spoke earlier about the power that Messi has in Barcelona, the former legendary goalkeeper and later the sports director of the club Andoni Zubizarreta. And he revealed what the communication between Messi and coach Gerard Martin looked like when Martino coached the team. “I know you only need one phone call and they’ll fire me. But you don’t have to prove it to me every day,” Martino told his compatriot.
“I’m getting a little tired that I’m always to blame for everything in the club,” Messi told the Spanish media at the airport after arriving from the national team.
“In addition, after a 15-hour flight, people from the tax office were waiting for me here. It’s crazy,” added the 33-year-old gunner, who was convicted of tax evasion in Spain four years ago but paid a fine of over two million euros instead of imprisonment for 21 months.
At the end of August, Messi announced to the Barcelona leadership that he wanted to leave after twenty years, but the then President Josep Maria Bartomeu refused to let the biggest star go.
The six-time Golden Ball holder finally decided to stay because he did not want to judge with the club whether he could leave it for free. Fans and teammates alike will believe that Messi will extend the contract after the current season. Also because last month the head of Bartomeo resigned, whom the Rosaria native publicly criticized.
However, the new sharp statements of Messi, who also reluctantly leaned into the club’s management in the summer that his friend Luis Suárez had been left, suggest that he would still be leaving Nou Camp.
According to the English media, this could also happen in the January transfer period, when Manchester City, led by Messi’s favorite coach Pep Guardiola, intends to repeat the offer.
This would be the last chance for Barcelona to collect some more severance pay for the Argentine star, which would be very useful for her financial mega-problems. Especially when Messi et al. last week they rejected the club’s request for players to temporarily reduce their salaries by thirty percent.
The Argentine striker played ten competitive games for Barcelona this year, scoring six goals and adding four assists, but many times he acted on the lawn as a pedestrian and completely uninterested.
The scene from the previous national team meeting, where he rudely insulted the members of the opponent’s camp after the match, also showed that he is not in a good mental state.