Lionel Messi: Ousted Barcelona manager once told Argentine he could use the exit door

Lionel Messi: Ousted Barcelona manager once told Argentine he could use the exit door

- Lionel Messi had a clash with former Barcelona manager Quique Setien who was consequently fired

- The tactician was blamed for poor tactics which led them to a bad 2019/2020 season

- It was gathered that Setien, at a point, showed the Argentine the exit door

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Lionel Messi had a manic three weeks at Catalan club Barcelona during the summer as the Argentine was allegedly told by the then manager, Quique Setien, he could use the door.

Messi and the manager were in deep brawl during the period in the wake of the 8-2 loss in the hands of Bayern Munich as they exit the Champions League last season.

Barcelona captain and teammates were in a row with the manager over his tactics which allowed rivals Real Madrid move ahead to win the La Liga following the Catalan's 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo in June.

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Consequently, Setien was relieved of his duties after a poor season with the entire Barcelona squad complaining bitterly about the manager’s style.

It was gathered that Messi earlier had a chat with the embattled manager telling him he needs to listen to some of the experienced players within the squad.

And Setien replied, as cited in Mirror:

"If you don't like what I said, you know where the door is.

The statement subsequently prompted the Argentine to laugh.

The transfer saga went haywire as the La Liga announced that the €700million buyout clause in the player’s contract is still valid.

The Barcelona star who is now in the final year of his existing contract handed-in his transfer request hoping to activate a clause which allows him to leave the Catalans at the end of any season, for free.

Lionel Messi: Ousted Barcelona manager one told Argentine he could use the exit door
Lionel Messi shown the exit door by Setien during row with club. Photo: Jose Breton
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But the club stated that the clause had expired on June 10 and that the €700million release clause is in place, which eventually forced the 33-year-old to make a U-turn to finally see off his contract.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Barcelona have been hit with a major financial crisis as the club management once again plead with first-team players to accept a further slash in their wages.

The Catalan club must immediately save the sum of £171million before Thursday, November 5 as they are at risk of going bankrupt.

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis earlier in the year, players wages were cut with some reaching as much as 70 per cent and now the club wants a further slice.

Barcelona’s finances continue to spiral out of control as they announced a debt of £88million in early October.

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