Struggling FC Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has revealed what he told Lionel Messi after people close to him accused the Argentine of treating him badly.
In recent weeks, Messi was the subject of some harsh comments by both Griezmann's former agent, Eric Olhats, and his uncle, Emmanuel Lopes.
It was Olhats who referred to the six-time Ballon d'Or winner as the "emperor and monarch", and suggested that the Argentine tried to leave Barcelona because he wanted to test his influence on the club.
Speaking candidly about the remarks made by both his former representative and his uncle, Griezmann insisted he does not have relationships with either of them, information he has relayed to Messi too.
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"Olhats was very important in my life, but I don't have a relationship with him anymore," he told Jorge Valdano on Universo Valdano.
"I stopped having any relationship with him since the day I got married. I invited him to the wedding day, and he didn't come. That's why I stopped having a relationship with him.
"My uncle doesn't know how football works. And in the end, the journalist ended up getting the statement out of him.
"I told Leo that I never speak to them; in fact, I don't even have my uncle's phone number. My parents don't talk to Eric either, so who is going to talk to him? He can do a lot of damage, and create problems in the dressing room."
Griezmann has scored 17 goals in 58 matches for Barcelona since his arrival from Atletico in July 2019.