Lionel Messi
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Eric Abidal was a part of the greatest Barcelona team to ever grace this planet. During his six years at the club he won four La Liga titles, two Copa Del Ray’s, three Supercopa de Espana’s, two Champions Leagues, two European Supercups and two Club World Cups. They were a dynasty.

Players such as Xavi, Carlos Puyol, Andreas Iniesta and Lionel Messi graced us with their greatness, leaving everyone in awe. However, the former French international, now director of football at the Catalan giants, didn’t learn one very important lesson during those six years it would seem. Barcelona is Messi’s team and has been for quite some time.

Abidal, now Director of Football at the Catalan club, came out in criticism of the team following the departure of Ernesto Valverde as Head Coach saying “many players weren’t satisfied nor working hard” as reasoning behind the board’s decision to terminate Valverde’s contract. This annoyed Messi, who is normally a very quiet person, with the Argentinian hitting back on his personal Instagram account saying “I think that when talking about players we should give names, because if not we are all getting dirtied and feeding things that are said but aren’t true.”

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Lionel Messi didn’t just leave it there though, also questioning the board and the decision makers saying “The players [are responsible for] what happens on the pitch and we are also the first to recognise when we are not playing well. Those responsible for the area of sports management must also assume their responsibilities and especially for the decisions they make.”

The fact that Messi is being this vocal could signal an end to Adidal as Director of Football or it could lead to the end of a near two decade marriage between the striker and only professional club he’s ever played for, as he noticeably added “I honestly don’t like to do these things, but I think everyone has to be responsible for their tasks and take care of their decisions.”

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Even at 32 years of age, if it is the end for Messi at Barcelona the line of clubs battling for his services will be a list of who’s who, possibly with a certain Manchester club coached by his former boss a major front runner.