A pissed off Lionel Messi mentioned he’s tired of being blamed for issues at Barcelona after he was accused by Antoine Griezmann’s former agent of making life troublesome for the French striker at the La Liga membership.
Eric Olhats had accused Messi of having an excessive amount of management at the membership, saying his “reign of terror” had made life troublesome for Griezmann to adapt since his arrival final 12 months.
Messi returned to Barcelona from worldwide responsibility with Argentina on Wednesday when he was accosted by reporters at the airport.
“The truth is that I’m a little tired of always being the problem for everything at the club,” Messi was quoted as saying by Spanish media.
“On top of that, after a 15-hour flight, I had the tax authorities waiting for me. It’s madness.”
With one 12 months left on his contract, Messi tried to activate a disputed clause to depart Barcelona for free within the off-season, however ultimately determined to remain as he didn’t wish to face a authorized battle with the membership.
Barcelona have been in turmoil since Bayern Munich humiliated the Spanish aspect 8-2 within the Champions League quarter-finals final season. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned final month forward of a vote of no confidence.
Messi has additionally had his run-ins with the Spanish tax authorities in recent times.
He was handed a 21-month jail sentence in 2016 and ordered to pay a fantastic of two million euros ($2.37 million) for defrauding the Spanish authorities of 4.2 million euros over revenue earned from picture rights.
However, the 33-12 months-previous didn’t serve any jail time after exchanging his sentence for a 250,000 euros fantastic, as in Spain defendants with no earlier conviction are permitted to serve any sentence of beneath two years on probation.