Lionel Messi says that he is “tired” of the burden he has on his shoulders at Barcelona, amid a recent spat with Antoine Griezmann’s confidants.
Lifelong Barca star Messi’s iconic status at the club has had its benefits and downfalls in recent seasons.
Indeed, the Argentine has endured more hardship than good fortune of late; he almost left the Camp Nou in the summer and has faced lengthy questions about his role in several players’ situations.
Among them is Luis Suarez, who left for Atletico Madrid, but more recently Griezmann. The Frenchman has suffered poor form, with his former agent Eric Olhats outspokenly blaming Messi.
Griezmann’s uncle, Emmanuel Lopes, has also stepped in, claiming that Barcelona rig their training sessions to suit the 33-year-old. But upon returning from international duty, Messi hit back.
“I’m tired of always being everyone’s problem at the club,” Messi told reporters (via Goal).
“I get here after a 15-hour flight and I find a tax agent here, it’s ridiculous.”
Messi came close to leaving Barca in the summer by trying to active a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for free.
However, amid a looming legal battle with his employers, he decided to retract his wishes. But there remains talk of the forward leaving, with Manchester City supposedly keen.
Regardless, LaLiga chief Oliver Tebas has said that he would not oppose Messi leaving the Spanish top flight. But Tebas then took a swipe at City, alleging that their suspicious finances will help them afford a deal.
Indeed, that is after City were cleared of a Champions League ban by UEFA.
Tebas weighs in on Messi situation
Tebas said: “We would prefer Messi to stay in La Liga. But Ronaldo and Neymar left and we have not noticed any difference. “We are ready.
“It seems the only club in the Premier League that talks about registering Messi is Manchester City, who compete outside the rules. I am not the only one saying this.
“I’m not too worried about them. I have criticised what they do so many times. Doing it one more time makes no difference.
“City is neither affected by Covid or pandemics or anything because they are financed differently and it is impossible to fight against that.”