Lionel Messi landed in Barcelona after two games with Argentina. The Barcelona captain received a rockstar ovation with the COVID-19 restrictions getting forgotten. He signed shirts and was hoarded by many fans and journalists.
Roughly a week ago, Antoine Griezmann’s uncle spoke about the player’s poor form at the club, and defended his nephew. He claimed that Messi is one of the problems at the club, working ‘not enough’.
“With Messi, I know what’s going on inside – it’s not easy. Basically, [Messi] doesn’t work hard enough at Barca and the training sessions are structured in order to please certain people, which is fine if you don’t want to work.”Antoine Griezmann’s Uncle | El Chiringuito via AS
The journalists questioned Messi about Antoine Griezmann’s uncle’s words. The Frenchman’s relative spoke ill of the Argentine legend, saying he was a dictator for example. After a multiple hour flight, the last thing La Pulga needed was such an embarrassing question and responded in a rash manner:
“The truth is that I’m a little tired of being the problem of everything at the club.”Lionel Messi | Santi Ovalle
Messi was reportedly investigated for an hour after his flight, per Toni Juanmarti. The tax office investigated the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
The flight, the investigation and Griezmann’s uncle’s words must have been a real headache for Messi. The Barcelona captain already wants to leave Barcelona, and it does no good to go further with such actions. The journalists, and Griezmann’s uncle, should apologise.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.