Back in December last year speculation of Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona hit it’s peak and now it has been revealed the Argentine sensation clashed with manager Luis Enrique in training which led to agitation.
After that day’s training, Messi was dropped by Enrique for the match against Real Sociedad, which Barcelona lost 1-0.
Messi skipped the club’s open training session the day afterwards and all hell broke loose, with the untouchable playmaker following Chelsea on Instagram to add to the brouhaha.
The situation is believed to have been demystified and it is apparent from Barcelona’s terrific run of form, which has seen them beat La Liga champions Atletico Madrid three times this term.
After Wednesday night’s 3-2 Copa del Rey quarter-final victory over Diego Simeone’s side, Messi’s team-mate Jeremy Mathieu lifted the lid on the row between the four-time Ballon d’Or winner and coach Enrique.
“It happened when we returned from holidays. Suddenly, because of a foul that didn’t get called [in training], Leo threw a tantrum. There was some friction, some things were said,” Mathieu told French radio station RMC.
“Afterwards, the coach spoke to him in the dressing room and that was that. It happens at every club, but because this is Barcelona it’s big news. And that’s the problem.”
While Mathieu claims the issue ends there, the Spanish press reported several other points of tension between Messi and the coach.
Barcelona-based newspaper Sport reported that Messi was angered by Enrique on the day he arrived at the club, declaring that he was the team leader.
Messi was also upset by the club firing kitman Txema Corbella, a great ally of the players, while two other companions Cesc Fabregas and Jose Manuel Pinto had already left in the summer.