In the last hours, the former representative of the French forward pointed out that former Atlético Madrid has a difficult relationship with the Argentine star
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Messi with Ivan Rakitic shared six years at Barcelona (Shutterstock)
Despite the stoppage in European league competitions for the new FIFA dates for the national teams, old rumors about a conflictive relationship between Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann came to light. And it was a vital man at the start of the Frenchman's career who referred to the forward's adaptation problems when he landed at Barcelona in mid-2019.
Agent Éric Olhats , who accompanied the world champion in Russia 2018 with the France team and became his mentor, had harsh statements against Messi and the alleged control that the Argentine star exercises in the dressing room: “Antoine arrived at a club with serious problems where Messi controls everything, “he said. After what happened, it was Griezmann himself who used his social networks to deny his former representative and he repeated a photo of him and Messi celebrating one of the goals against Real Betis for the last day of the league in Spain.
Faced with this scenario, the one who also contributed his gaze on how the Barcelona captain and the Frenchman coexist in the dressing room was a former player of the Blaugrana team. Ivan Rakitic , who was part of the Culé squad for the last six seasons until he returned to Sevilla in the recent transfer market, gave details of the relationship between the two stars.
“What I saw in the dressing room is that they got along very well. I got along wonderfully with Antoine and Leo. What there is I don't know ” , confessed the Croatian midfielder on the program El Pelotazo on Canal Sur Radio.
In addition, the footballer who won 13 titles in Barcelona between 2014 and 2020, said that ” the two drink mate and spend a lot of time together in the dressing room . “ And he clarified: “If the two begin to score goals, there will be no more talk. It is the requirement of the two great teams. I don't worry because they are two spectacular guys and there should be no problem. I wish you all the best ” .
Griezmann and a hug with Messi to celebrate (REUTERS / Albert Gea)
Finally, Rakitic took the opportunity to confirm that it is not possible to compare what it means to play for the first team of the Catalan institution or in the whole of Andalusia to which he returned after six years. “Barcelona is not the same as Sevilla. It is played differently. We are very competitive and you always want to play. I have come with a great illusion to give my best ”, said the Croatian.
After not having the best start to his arrival at Barcelona from Atlético Madrid in August last year, Griezmann was once again dominant in the team's attack in the last presentations . Especially in what was the win against Betis when, precisely, Messi entered in the second half of the match that was played at the Camp Nou. The number 10 of the Catalan team was the great protagonist of the second goal when he assisted without touching the ball to the French to score the second goal that led to the wide victory 5-2.