Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has assured fans of his commitment and loyalty to the club despite the recent incidents off the pitch at Camp Nou.
The Catalan club has been embroiled in different dramas with a recent war of words between Messi and the director of football Eric Abidal. The Argentine slammed Abidal for suggesting that the players were responsible for the sack of former manager Ernesto Valverde. This bank and forth talks began after the Barcelona football team start to underperform. The fans were worried, the club was in a state of chaos and everyone started pointing fingers. Multiple times Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi questioned his plan to stay at Camp Nou, but he assured everyone that he isn’t going to leave the club.
Messi accused Abidal of falsehood and misrepresentation. He insisted that each member of the football club must be responsible for their tasks and take care of their decisions.
The club captain also asked Abidal to “give names” after the latter criticized the club’s players over their work ethic. Messi also felt Abidal’s decision to go public was an error given how he had spoken for each individual player.
Messi’s shock response to Abidal’s comments come just a day after it was reported that two Barcelona players were involved in a dressing room bust-up on Tuesday at the end of a morning training session. According to reports, the two players squared up to each other over claims of showboating in training.
That was followed by allegations Barca hired a social media firm to criticize key figures associated with the club in a bid to protect president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s reputation.
Bartomeu denies the claim but Messi said he could “see weird things happening” at the club in a pre-released extract from an interview with Catalan sports publication Mundo Deportivo.
But in the full interview, the Argentina captain vowed he is going nowhere – despite the reported existence of a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for nothing this summer.
Lionel Messi Says he’ll remain at Barcelona
“I have said many times that my idea is (to stay) and as long as the club continues to want that, there will never be a problem,” the 32-year-old said.
“I want to win another Champions League, I want to continue winning LaLiga and I always aspire to that.
“I have always had the choice, there were many interesting clubs willing to pay the release clause, but it never occurred to me to leave and does not now either. I love Barcelona, this is my home.”
Speaking on his outburst towards Abidal’s comments on Barca squad after Ernesto Valverde was sacked, Messi said he responded because he felt attacked and misjudged.
Messi said: “I don’t know what happened to make him say that but I responded because I felt attacked. I felt he was attacking the players.
“Too much is said about the dressing room, that we force coaching changes or bring in players, and especially about me – like I have a lot of power and make the decisions. The same happened to me in the Argentine national team.
“It bothered me coming from someone from the club… to put the players in the middle of the dismissal of the coach seemed crazy. (Abidal) is the one who makes the decisions and has to take charge.”
Quique Setien took over from Valverde and Messi admits Barca must adapt to his style of play, including a return to the more intense pressing favored by previous coaches Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique.
“We are going through the process of changing coaches. Each one has his own ideas and little by little we adapt to what he wants,” he said.
“It is true that for many moments in games we play backwards – that makes people nervous because at any moment the opposition can take it away from us and score a goal. There are other things – trying to press after losing the ball, things we had lost a little.
“That is a process and we are assimilating. People are disturbed but it is normal with the changes and because we are not playing well either, but you have to be calm and trust until the end.
“In the Champions League, we have to continue growing a lot, because what we have now is not enough to fight for the Champions League. We need to be more reliable, not make the silly mistakes we have made, and not to repeat what happened to us in Rome or Liverpool.
“In the league, both we and Madrid are inconsistent and have dropped a lot of points. In that sense, I think we will be fighting to the end and the league does not end after the Clasico, whatever happens.”
Cristiano Ronaldo spoke on Real Madrid’s loss
Speaking on Madrid’s loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in the summer of 2018, Messi said: “They lost a lot of goals, that was obviously going to happen – but not only goals, Cristiano Ronaldo also gives you many other things.
“A player who scores 50 goals a season that you no longer have, whether you like it or not, that is noticeable. Madrid have great players, but Cristiano scores 50 goals a season.”
Asked if he would pass to his long-time rival should they ever play together, Messi joked: “I guess so, in the end yes.”
Messi used to play alongside Neymay Jr at Barcelona football club before Neymar left to go and play for Paris Saint Germain on a €222 million (£198 million) record transfer in August of 2017. Neymar’s transfer is one of the most expensive transfers in football history. Lionel Messi is Barcelona’s top scorer and the team will do anything to convince him to stay at the club. He also has a strong brand that would help the Camp Nou club, Barcelona FC.
Lionel Messi Biography
Luis Lionel Andres (“Leo”) Messi was born on June 24, 1987, in Rosario, Argentina. When he was a child, he used to play football with his elder brothers, Rodrigo and Matías, and his cousins, Maximiliano and Emanuel Biancucchi who were also professional footballers.
When he was 8-year-old, he joined the youth system of Newell’s Old Boys, a Rosario-based club. But his slow physical growth attracted concerns and he was later diagnosed with hormone deficiency – a medical issue that restricts growth.
His parents, Jorge and Ceclia, decided on a regimen of nightly growth-hormone injections for him, but that didn’t last long because his parents didn’t have the money to continue the treatment.
However, the hopelessness of the family didn’t also last long as Barcelona scouts discovered him and offered to pay his medical bills. The parents accepted the offer and they moved Messi to Spain where he joined FC Barcelona youth academy, La Masia at 13-year-old.
Initially, Messi found it difficult to adapt to life in Spain and always wanted to return to Argentina, but that didn’t stop him from concentrating on football which aided his promotion to Barcelona senior team in 2004.
At 32-year-old, Messi is 5 feet, 7 inches tall but that has never limited his speed and fearlessness on the field of play.
Lionel Messi is a goal machine and a wonderful team player. He doesn’t only score goals, he is kind enough to give his teammates the chance to score. Before the coronavirus pandemic halted football in the world, Lionel Messi has made 856 appearances for club and country, scoring 697 career goals and making 289 assists.
Below are highlights of some of those goals:
Lionel Messi Wife
Messi is married to his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo. They were both born and raised in Rosario, Argentina.
Antonella is a sister to Messi’s childhood best friend Lucas Scaglia, who is also a football player. She and Messi got married on 30 June 2017, at a luxury hotel named Hotel City Center in Rosario with about 260 guests attending the wedding ceremony. The marriage is blessed with three kids – Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro.
Thiago Messi Roccuzzo
Thiago Messi Roccuzzo is the first son of Lionel Messi and his long time lover Antonella Roccuzzo. He was born in Barcelona on 2 November 2012. Unlike Cristiano Ronaldo Junior who is known to be very active in academy football, Thiago is not known to be that active in football but his father once revealed that he is one of his biggest critics.
Messi was quoted as saying that “It’s always difficult to digest defeats and bad performances, but Thiago now forces me to comment on what happened and explain. He follows everything, asks questions, and gives me notes when things are not going so well. Yes, yes, I already received a couple of criticisms!”
Messi Vs Ronaldo
In the past 12 years, Argentine Lionel Messi and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo have been dominating the world of football. In fact, between the two phenomenon players alone, 11 Ballon d’Or has been won – 6 for Messi and 5 for Ronaldo.
Due to the long years of dominance, they have become a hot topic for debate. Most fans believe Messi is better than Ronaldo while others believe it is the other way round. Hence, FutballNews dived into the argument and concluded that Lionel Messi is the Greatest of All Time.
Read the Argument Here: Messi Vs Ronaldo: This is our ‘Greatest Of All Time’
Lionel Messi House
Messi is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, hence, he has the money to build for himself whatever he wants. He has a couple of houses but one of the prestigious houses of the football star that the whole world can’t stop talking about is his ball-shaped mansion in Barcelona, Spain.
The house is designed by a famous Spanish architect Luis Garrido and the mansion is popularly known in Barcelona as the One-Zero Eco House. The “one” is the main entrance, and the “zero” is the house itself. One half of the house is covered with grass, the other half with glass.
It cost Messi about €7 million to put the two-floor building together for himself and his growing family. Besides the green environment of the house, it is 35 KM from the city centre of Barcelona and has a beautiful view of the Catalan mountains. An aerial view of the house illustrates Ten, the number on Messi’s jersey.
Also, the house is built on a large filed with a back garden that has a huge swimming pool that is lined with marble. The separation between the lawn and the swimming pool symbolizes the separation of the football field for two teams during a match.