A pissed off Lionel Messi mentioned he’s uninterested in being blamed for issues at Barcelona after he was accused by Antoine Griezmann’s former agent of creating life troublesome for the French striker on the La Liga membership.
Eric Olhats had accused Messi of getting an excessive amount of management on the membership, saying his “reign of terror” had made life troublesome for Griezmann to adapt since his arrival final yr.
Messi returned to Barcelona from worldwide obligation with Argentina on Wednesday when he was accosted by reporters on the airport.
“The reality is that I’m slightly uninterested in at all times being the issue for all the things on the membership,” Messi was quoted as saying by Spanish media.
“On high of that, after a 15-hour flight, I had the tax authorities ready for me. It’s insanity.”
With one yr left on his contract, Messi tried to activate a disputed clause to depart Barcelona without spending a dime within the low 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 facet 8-2 within the Champions League quarter-finals final season. Membership 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 lately.
He was handed a 21-month jail sentence in 2016 and ordered to pay a tremendous of two million euros ($2.37 million) for defrauding the Spanish authorities of 4.2 million euros over revenue earned from picture rights.
Nonetheless, the 33-year-old didn’t serve any jail time after exchanging his sentence for a 250,000 euros tremendous, as in Spain defendants and not using a earlier conviction are permitted to serve any sentence of beneath two years on probation.