Argentine superstar Lionel Messi recently expressed his brief complaint regarding the accusation of being the source of the problems currently beating Barcelona.
Actually, La Pulga itself is an important player for Barcelona, even since his debut in the first team in 2004. But lately he’s been in the spotlight.
Apart from his planned departure from Camp Nou last summer, Messi was also accused of being the cause of the slow development of Antoine Griezmann’s performance at Barcelona.
Griezmann, who joined from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019, only scored 17 goals for Barcelona. His performance is not bad, but it is a relative contrast when compared to when the player was still defending Atletico Madrid.
Griezmann’s situation made French national team coach Didier Deschamps exchange arguments with Ronald Koeman as Barcelona’s new coach.
Many feel that this is because Lionel Messi plays Griezmann’s position in the first team, so that the French players cannot perform optimally.
A similar opinion was shared by Emmanuel Lopez as Griezmann’s uncle.
“He was sure he would not be successful in the first six months, but what I didn’t expect was that it lasted a full year. Besides, with Messi, I know what is going on at the club – it’s not easy.”
“Basically, Messi doesn’t train hard at Barca and his training sessions are structured just to please certain people, which is fine if you don’t want to work,” Lopes told El Chiringuito.
In fact, Messi himself just arrived in Spain after defending the Argentina national team. When he just arrived, he immediately met with the Spanish tax officer, regarding these allegations, Messi only gave a brief response.
“I’m tired because it’s always a problem for everyone at the club. I arrived here after a 15 hour trip to meet with the tax officials. This is ridiculous,” Messi said.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann themselves must prepare to train hard to face tomorrow’s big match against Atletico Madrid.