Lionel Messi takes on Eric Abidal with a post on social media after the Catalan club’s sporting director gave statements that irked Messi.
Lionel Messi sparked controversy last night after he made a public statement against his former teammate and Barcelona’s current sporting director Eric Abidal.
Abidal held an interview with Sport which was published on Tuesday. During the chat, the Frenchman suggested that part of the dressing room was not performing up to expectations under former coach Ernesto Valverde.
“A lot of players were not happy and did not work much and there was also a problem with internal communication,” he told the newspaper.
“The relationship between the coach and dressing room was always good, but there are things that as an ex-player I can sense. I told the club what I thought and we had to make a decision.”
Valverde was sacked by Barcelona, soon after the team came back to Spain after the Supercopa defeat against Atletico Madrid in Jeddah. The club then replaces him with Quique Setien.
However, this statement by Abidal did not impress Messi and compelled him to take out a statement in public on social media, which the player has never done before against any official at the club.
“I honestly do not like to do this kind of thing but I think that everyone has to be responsible for their job and take responsibility for their decisions,” the Argentine fired on Instagram.
“Players are responsible for what happens on the field, we are also the first to acknowledge when we don’t play well. Those in charge of sporting direction should also face up to their responsibilities and above all take charge of their own decisions.
“Lastly, I think that when you talk about players, you should give names because otherwise, you are tainting everyone’s name and feeding rumours that spread and are not true.”
Messi has also often been accused of having too much power at the club, which allegedly affects the administrative decisions at the club, but with this statement, it can also be seen that Messi is a bit tired of such baseless allegations and this was his trigger point.