Following his public fall out with sporting director Eric Abidal earlier this month, FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has finally broken his silence and explained why he was so upset by the Frenchman’s comments.
At the beginning of the month, Messi was embroiled in controversy after he responded to criticism from Abidal, who blamed Barcelona’s players for the sacking of Ernesto Valverde in January.
The 32-year-old took to Instagram to refute the Frenchman’s remarks, a public disagreement that was said to be later resolved by president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
In a recent interview, Messi addressed his spat with his former teammate, saying he felt he needed to stand up for himself because of the false narrative that he makes decisions for the club behind the scenes.
"I don’t know what went through his head to say that," he told Mundo Deportivo.
"I responded because I felt attacked. I felt that he was attacking the players.
"Too many things are already said about the dressing room, like that we control everything, that we choose the players and (what happens to) the coaches; and (it’s said) about me especially: that I have lots of power and decide things.
"I couldn’t let the sporting director attack me in that way. It’s said a lot that I take decisions, that I run (the club), and that’s not true.
"I don’t know why (that gets said). But it has been proven, I think, that I have my opinion and the club has its opinion and a lot of the time they are not the same and they don’t do what I say."
In terms of football, Messi has scored 19 goals and assisted a further 16 strikes in 27 matches across all competitions.
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