The talent of the six times world footballer of the has given him an edge to be a player any team would like to have. But wielding such influence could have resulted in the recent resignation of the Barcelona board members.
It could be recalled that Messi had declared the intention of leaving Barca for free last summer before changing his mind after the club turned down his request.
What shocked many was the request former Barca President, Josep Bartomeu that he would resign if Messi agreed to stay in the club. Although Messi decided to honour his contract and Bartomeu didn’t reign immediately. But some months after, he alongside his board members dropped their resignation letters.
Is it that Messi is now powerful than the club he plays for?
Tata Martino dismisses comment quoted to him about Messi while at Barcelona
Messi, who recently criticised the club for pushing out Luis Suarez, who eventually joined Athletico Madrid is now in the news again.
This time around, it was between him and former Barca manager, Tata Martino. The former Argentina coach recently denied ever saying his famous phrase about the talisman.
Mundo Deportivo reports that Martino, who was Barcelona coach for the 2013/14 season, denied telling Messi: “I know that if you call the president he will dismiss me, but you don’t need to prove it me every day.”
The phrase attained quasi-legendary status over the years, showing the extent to which Messi has power at he Camp Nou in the post-Pep Guardiola era.
It was former Barcelona Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta that claimed Martino had uttered the phrase. However, the Rosario-born coach has since refuted the claim.
“I never expressed those words. That phrase is the responsibility of the former Sporting Director Zubizarreta, from what I read, in a note to Vicente Del Bosque. In any case, if I had something to say, either now or before, I would have said it [to Messi]. Those words never came out of my mouth and I have nothing to say about it.”
The coach, who now work with Mexico also refused to say whether it was difficult to manage Messi, who became a hot topic after Quique Setién’s recent comments.
“It’s a matter of the past. Now I am the coach of Mexico. I believe that people say and do things when we are in the place – after it has no validity.
“I already expressed myself in those moments and there is nothing that changes my opinion – my time with Barcelona passed a long time ago, and there’s nothing to add.”
In just a season in Barcelona, Martino won the Spanish Super, but failed in the three prizes that matter most to the club – LaLiga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.
Since leaving the Camp Nou, he’s spent two years in charge of his native Argentina and two in charge of MLS side Atlanta United.
He got the Mexico national team job in 2019. He is by all accounts doing a sterling job.
Messi’s contract will expire in June 2021 and Barcelona is looking forward to offering him a new deal. It remains unknown if he will take the deal or not.