Lionel Messi, 33 years old, 10 games and 6 goals in all competitions this season, is starting to get annoyed by the critics. Regularly at the heart of rumours at FC Barcelona, even more so since his abortive departure last summer, the Argentinian striker is getting tired of being associated with every problem encountered by the Catalan club.
The latest one to date? His role in Antoine Griezmann’s difficulties at Barça, according to the Frenchman’s former advisor and his uncle.
Lionel Messi I’m fed up with it
“I’m a bit tired of being the problem of everything at the club all the time”, slipped the Pulga to the Spanish journalists who were questioning him on the subject when he arrived at the airport on Friday, in a sequence relayed by El Chiringuito. As a reminder, Griezmann didn’t appreciate at all the media outbursts of his entourage about his team-mate.
Media outings that don’t make things any easier
The media outings of his former agent Eric Olhats, and his uncle targeting Lionel Messi, are unlikely to help Antoine Griezmann (29 years old, 9 matches and 2 goals in all competitions this season), in his adaptation to FC Barcelona.
And the French striker has understood this well since, according to L’Équipe’s information, he does not “live very well the criticisms of his close friends and family against Messi, and has made them aware of it”. Olhats and Griezmann’s uncle have therefore had their braces pulled up, but the damage seems to have already been done because these statements will undoubtedly end up in the ear of the Argentinian, who, as everyone knows, is the resentful type.
The Griezmann clan: Messi is the cause!
To explain the difficulties of striker Antoine Griezmann (29 years old, 7 games and 2 goals in La Liga this season) at FC Barcelona, the former adviser of the French international, Eric Olhats, pointed the finger at Lionel Messi’s behaviour on Tuesday (see here). And in a documentary broadcast Wednesday on M6, the Tricolor’s uncle, Emmanuel Lopes, also criticised the Argentinian’s attitude at the Blaugrana.
“I was convinced Antoine wasn’t going to make it the first six months in Barcelona, but I didn’t expect it to last a year anyway. And with Messi around… I know what’s going on inside, so it’s not easy. There are things that we can’t say yet. But it doesn’t work enough. Basically in Barcelona, it doesn’t work. Training is done in a way that makes some people happy. It’s obvious that if it doesn’t work… Antoine needs to work. Some people don’t need a lot of effort to be good, and Antoine is the opposite. He needs a lot of effort to be good,” Lopes said.