Messi criticizes Barcelona after Luis Suarez’ departure2 min read
Messi and Barcelona have already had a very drama filled off-season. It started off by Messi trying to force his way out of Barcelona. Then there was a public battle between Messi and the board of Barcelona.
Lionel Messi eventually decided to stay in Barcelona to avoid a legal battle, but this does not mean that he will back down from criticizing their decisions.
This time Lionel Messi attacked Barcelona indirectly in his farewell post to Luis Suarez. Suarez was traded to Atletico Madrid for 6 million because he didn’t fit in the plans of new coach Ronald Koeman. Suarez was very emotional in his farewell speech, but he explained the situation in one small sentence: “Sometimes a club or a player needs to change and in this case the coach didn’t want me”.
Messi was not very pleased by this trade as Suarez is a good friend and a longtime teammate of him. Not only that but the two have had some tremendous success together by winning four Copa del Rey trophies, four La Liga titles, a Champions League and a FIFA Club World Cup.
Messi vented his frustrations on Instagram by throwing shade at President Josep Bartomeu and Barcelona’s board by saying: “You(Suarez) deserved to be sent off for what you are: One of the most important players in the club’s history, achieving important things both as a group and individually. And not to be kicked out how they did it. But the truth is, at this point, nothing surprises me”.
Next season is the final chance for Barcelona to convince Messi to stay. Right now, it seems like the relationship between Barcelona’s management and Messi is beyond repair. Messi’s has been outing his frustrations for a few months and is absolutely not pleased with how the board has performed over the last few years. They made some very expensive trades that failed such as Ousmane Dembele. This cumulated in a very disappointing 2019-2020 season which was the final straw for Messi as he wanted out of Barcelona.