La Pulga’s statement on his arrival in Barcelona was the perfect synthesis of what he feels at this point in his relationship with the club. The end is closer than ever.
Some words. An incident. They were neither an anecdote nor a temporary discomfort but a synthesis. Perhaps an example of why you want to go to other destinations from next season.
The feeling is that they delivered it. To fans who asked for autographs and selfies. The one who yelled “you are the greatest Leo”. And to the microphones and TV cameras that were waiting for him at the El Prat airport.
Every time Messi arrives in town, alone or in the club’s delegation it is invisible, sheltered by the security operation that is usually mounted. This Wednesday, nothing. To go out through everyone’s door, that of any traveler. Earthly. Common. And unguarded.
The night before, Spain had beaten Germany in Seville but the big news was the possible tear of Sergio Ramos. At the Andalusian airport, the authorities made the players’ bus pass almost to the edge of the runway. Someone prevented Ramos from being seen limping. Less, that some chronicler approached. They came from a 6-0 to the Germans.
Messi traveled 15 hours from Lima to Barcelona in your private plane. After landing, a commission of Treasury agents got on the machine, demanding the documentation of all the passengers and the pilots. The entourage spent an hour on the track.
At the exit the press rushed. José Álvarez, correspondent in the Catalan capital of the popular television program The beach bar, respectfully, he asked about the statements of the former representative of Antoine Griezmann. 10 they surrounded him no less than half a dozen microphones.
“I’m tired of always being the problem of everything that happens at the club,” he shot. Ready, they already had the statement I needed. But Leo continued, on his way to the exit door. “Those from the Treasury came on top … We were there for an hour after a 15-hour trip … crazy.” And it came out. And he got into the white Range Rover with Antonela Roccuzzo at the wheel and one of the couple’s children in the back seat. On Saturday he will fly to Madrid to face Atlético at the Wanda Metropolitano. There will be no morbidity because Luis Suárez, with coronavirus, will not face his former teammates or his friend.
Did Messi explode due to the tax inspection? By the declaration of Eric Olhats, former agent of Griezmann? Symptoms. The case is more serious. Everything indicates that Messi’s life in Barcelona, inside and outside the club, is not what it was. It’s more. He was no longer untouchable.
“Antoine arrived at a club with serious problems where Messi controls everything. He is both emperor and monarch and did not see Antoine’s arrival with good eyes ”, Olhats had said a fortnight ago. “Messi’s attitude has been deplorable, he has made him feel it. I’ve always heard Antoine say that he had no problems with Messi, but never the other way around. It is the regime of terror. Either you are with him, or you are against him, ”he added. Then, an uncle of the French player confirmed, in other words, the bad relationship.
Messi never spoke of the subject. He has not seen Griezmann since those statements. They will meet this Thursday at Barcelona practice. It promises to be entertaining.
The scenery doesn’t help either. The Management Board that manages the club until the elections has already talked about the salary reduction. The Spanish press picked up from the English that Manchester City will go for Rosario, decidedly, in January, when he is already in a position to announce his departure as a free footballer. And in 48 hours he must play a brave match.
“I’m sick of always being the problem of everything.” It was rude. And maybe also a position take.