Messi blasts Abidal, asks Barcelona director to name names
Lionel Messi felt compelled to speak after Barcelona’s players were thrown under the bus by director of football Eric Abidal.
The Frenchman won four La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns with Barcelona before replacing Roberto Fernandez as Barca director of football in 2018.
Posting a screenshot of Abidal’s interview on Instagram, Messi issued this verdict on his former teammate’s words. From Marca:
“I honestly do not like doing these things, but I think everyone has to be responsible for their tasks and take care of their decisions. The players are responsible for what happens on the pitch and we are also the first to recognise when we’re not doing well.
“Those responsible for the sports management must also assume their responsibilities and, above all, take ownership of the decisions they make. Finally, I think that when talking about players, names should be given. Because if not then we are tarred with comments that are said and are not true.”
Abidal’s not going to be pleased with that, and he has little recourse given Messi’s massive power and controlled tongue, let alone the fact that he’s trying to negotiate a new deal with the Argentine.
Barcelona will not be destabilised by a possible confrontation between talisman Lionel Messi and sporting director Eric Abidal, coach Quique Setien said on Wednesday.
The usually introverted Messi caused a stir by criticising his former teammate Abidal on Tuesday, saying in a post on Instagram that the club’s hierarchy, not the players, should take responsibility for sacking Ernesto Valverde last month.
Abidal had told newspaper Sport that he had sensed that “many players weren’t satisfied or working hard” under Valverde. Messi responded by saying Abidal should name which players he had in mind so as not to tarnish the image of the entire squad.