- Eder Sarabia has explained that Messi did not say goodbye to him when he was sacked
- Messi and the Spaniard were reported then not to be in good terms at the Camp Nou
- Barcelona are currently occupying third position on the Spanish La Liga table
Eder Sarabia who was an assistant coach at Spanish giants Barcelona has stated emphatically that the club's captain Lionel Messi did not send any farewell message to him when he was fired.
The Spaniard was appointed as an assistant to Setien at Barcelona in January 2020 before the club excused him to leave seven months after his appointment.
And during his stay with the Spanish giants, there were talks that Sarabia was not popular with the players of the club.
According to the report on UK Sun, Sarabia stated clearly that him and Setien actually arrived at Barcelona at the time when things were difficult.
"We arrived at Barcelona at a difficult time. Messi showed he wasn't happy, not just with us but with the club.
"I don't know if Leo said goodbye to Setien, not to me."
The coach was reported then to have tried to pass instruction to Lionel Messi during an away game at Celta Vigo, but the Argentine was said to have ignored him.
Setien on the other hand went on to finish the League season with Barcelona before he was sacked after failing to win any title in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are currently occupying third position on the Spanish La Liga table with 34 points after 18 games played so far.
Barcelona will be facing Cornella in their game which is the Copa del Rey.
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The Portuguese star is named in 12th position according to a latest compilation by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.
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Last year, Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne beat the Argentine to win the to the title, but Messi had won it four times previously - 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.
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