- Lionel Messi has been backed by teammate Gerard Pique for the way Barcelona handled his contract talks
- The Argentine nearly left the Camp Nou during the summer after falling out with the club's hierarchy
- Pique also accused the club of using a social media agency to criticize players last season
Gerard Pique has slammed Barcelona for the manner they handled Lionel Messi's contract situation which made on the verge of leaving the club, Sky Sports.
The former Spain international Pique signed a new three-year deal at Barca, with a vote of no confidence against the board.
Pique told La Vanguardia newspaper:
"I ask myself: How can it be that the best-ever player to have played the game, who we have been lucky enough to enjoy, wakes up one day and sends a Burofax (recorded delivery mail) because he feels like he's not being listened to?"
"It's all too confrontational. What's going on? Messi deserves everything; the new stadium should be named after him first and then the sponsor. We should preserve our figureheads, not underappreciate them. It really gets to me."
The former Man United star also accused Barca President Josep Bartomeu of hiring a social media agency to criticize the players which he has denied.
"I, as a Barca player, see that my club have spent money, money they're now asking us for [in salary reductions], to criticise us - and I'm not talking about criticising people outside the club, but current players - it's atrocious.
"I asked [Bartomeu] for an explanation and he said 'Gerard, I didn't know about it', and I believed him. But then you see that the person who was responsible for doing this is still working at the club. That hurts me a lot. And I'm saying that here because I've already said it to the president, too."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi has impressed his boss Ronald Koeman after his impressive display in Barcelona's 5-1 win over Ferencvaros in the Champions League, Goal.
La Blaugrana suffered their first La Liga defeat of the season away at Getafe but Barca returned to winning ways against the Hungarian counterpart.
And Koeman has heaped praises on Messi's five-star performance as the Dutchman told reporters after the final whistle.
Legit.ng also reported that Lionel Messi's goal against Ferencvaros made him the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League campaigns, Goal.
The Barcelona captain was brought down in the penalty box and he took the responsibility in taking the penalty which he converted in the 27th minute of their Group G opener.
Messi is now the second player after Man United legend Ryan Giggs to score in 16 seasons in the elite competition overall.
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