In scenes in which the remarks of a former confidante that Lionel Messi was “emperor and monarch” in Barcelona, were seen in little contradiction, fans were seen asking Antoine Griezmann to show “respect” for the club legend while driving his car pursued.
French striker Griezmann was driving away from the club’s Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper when a group of fans spotted his Rolls Royce and called him to “respect Messi”, which was picked up by the media in Spain.
Eric Olhats, Griezmann’s former agent, told France Football last week that Messi had an “unfortunate attitude” and was responsible for a “terror regime” among the Spanish giants.
Griezmann’s uncle Emmanuel Lopes has since admitted that the club’s $ 142 million signing has struggled to establish itself longer than expected and hasn’t helped Messi’s alleged laziness.
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“He was convinced he wouldn’t be successful in the first six months but I didn’t expect it to take a full year,” Lopes told El Chiringuito.
“Besides, I know what’s going on inside with Messi [the club] – it is not easy.
“Basically, [Messi] doesn’t work hard enough at Barca and the training is structured to make certain people happy. That’s fine if you don’t want to work. “
Griezmann hasn’t made a public response and is unlikely to welcome the new guess about his relationship with the club’s top scorer.
The 2018 world champion has admitted in the past that he was inspired by the Argentine icon and copied his technique in training sessions during games.
“Griezmann hasn’t said anything, but as a professional he has to talk to his people and tell them to stop getting involved in things that don’t concern them,” one fan said on Twitter.
“The only thing they cause is conflict for him, his team-mates and for Barcelona.”
One of her former team-mates, Ivan Rakitic, told El Pelotazo radio this week that he got along “wonderfully” with both players.
🗣 – Víctor Font: “It is clear that Barcelona shouldn’t have signed Griezmann because he’s in the same position as Messi.” pic.twitter.com/Fx5taIOMjy
– Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 19, 2020
“I saw that they got along very well,” said the Sevilla midfielder. “They drank tea together and spent a lot of time together in the locker room.”
Griezmann’s biggest problem right now could be that he has only been involved in three goals in nine games this season and it took Messi more than twice as long to score a goal during the campaign.
Speaking of Messi last year, the former Atletico Madrid hotshot told reporters: “He’s not someone who talks a lot and neither am I. It’s difficult.
“I’ve already given him tea and we’re going in the right direction. But he has been badly hurt so it’s difficult to make that connection in order to improve it.
“We’re two good guys, nice people, and I’m here to help everyone on the team.”
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