The attitude of Lionel Messi to teammate Antoine Griezmann was characterized as “deplorable” by the former advisor of the Frenchman, who blamed Messi and Barcelona for the lack of form of his former client. So far, Griezmann ‘s tenure at the Nou Camp has not been the fantasy anyone had wished for when he signed last summer, a year later than originally planned, for EUR 120 million.
Messi had wanted the club to re-sign Neymar at the time, but they couldn’t afford to bring Griezmann from Atletico Madrid back to Brazil.
The relationship between the two Barca forwards was allegedly chilly at best, and former advisor Eric Olhats, the World Cup champion, blamed Messi and the club for the lack of form of his former protegee.
“Antoine came to a failing club where Messi has a view of everything. He is emperor and dictator at the same time, and with a good eye, he did not see Antoine’s arrival,” Olhats told France Football, through Sport Witness.
He made him believe that his attitude was deplorable. I’ve always heard Antoine say that Messi is no problem, but never the other way around.
Messi said in my eyes that he wanted to leave and see what role he still had as a decision-making player about the players who came and those who left but ultimately remained. Messi Classic! On the pitch, as good as he’s poor off it … For a while, Barcelona has been hurting. The club had cancer, and it leaves some traces.
Focusing on the shape of the 29-year-old, who last season only scored 15 goals in 48 appearances and added only two in nine so far this season, Olhats said it was the club that was the issue, rather than the player.
Once again, citing Messi, as well as other changes in the past 15 months to the Catalan giants, the man who initially noticed the potential of the former Real Sociedad star said, “It’s a sick club, not him. Last year, when Antoine arrived, Messi didn’t speak to him, the ball didn’t pass him. For a more than negative adaptation, he created a real trauma.”