- Lionel Messi slammed Eric Abidal over his recent comment questioning players' commitment
- Barcelona sporting director Abidal, in an interview, blamed the sacking of Ernesto Valverde on the players
- In response, the furious Argentine hitman told Abidal to be specific in order not to spread false information
Lionel Messi has hit back at Eric Eric Abidal, Barcelona sporting director, for playing a blame game on players over the sacking former manager Ernesto Valverde.
Speaking with a Spanish media outlet Diario Sport, Abidal had submitted that lack of full commitment from players was responsible for Valverde's Camp Nou exit.
The former defender also ascribed lack of internal communication to Valverde's disgraceful sacking while positing that the relationship between the former coach and his players dived into the wrong way, hence the decision.
"Many players weren't satisfied or working hard and there was also an internal communication problem,'' the 40-year-old former defender said.
"The relationship between the coach and the dressing room has always been good but there are things as an ex-player that I could smell.
But in a response on Instagram, Lionel Messi cautioned Abidal against plunging the club into internal crisis.
The furious Argentine hitman also told the former central defender to be specific in his naming in order not to say ''things which are not true.''
"When you talk about players, you have to give names because if not, it gives air to things which are not true."
"Sincerely, I don't like to do these things but I think that people have to be responsible for their jobs and own their decisions,'' Messi said.
Ernesto Valverde was given the marching orders by Barcelona in January, bringing to a sudden halt his reign as the boss of the Spanish giants.
Despite leading the La Liga table, Barcelona showed no clemency as they quickly fired the 55-year-old manager with Quique Setien brought into the helm as the new boss.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Lionel Messi did not score but produce one of the best assists of the season for Ansu Fati's first goal during a pleasant 2-1 victory over La Liga rivals Levante over the weekend.
The Argentine recreated his magical touches, passing the baton of greatness to the Guinea-Bissau-born prodigy in an encounter that helped reduce Real Madrid's gap on the table to three points after 22 round of fixtures.
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