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Barca ace opens up about Messi-Griezmann

Barca team-mate opens up about alleged rift between Messi and Griezmann

November 1, 2019 By Ali M.
There have been claims that the French superstar is getting the cold shoulder from Leo as well as Suarez both on and off the pitch.

Much has been said about Antoine Griezmann's start at Barcelona. After a rough beginning to life at Camp Nou, much is now being said about the Frenchman's relationship with team-mates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

In fact, there are suggestions of a rift between the summer signing and the club's legendary Argentine forward. These claims stem from the allegations that Leo objected to the signing of the former Atletico superstar as he favored a reunion with Neymar instead.

Griezmann then confessed that it has been a struggle to hit it off with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner as both he and the South American icon are reserved. Then came the 5-1 midweek victory over Real Valladolid with some accusing Messi and Suarez of ignoring the World Cup winner on the pitch and refusing to pass him the ball.

However, one Camp Nou ace has squashed those claims. That man is none other than Gerard Pique, the vocal center-back who has been at the heart of the Catalan giants' defense for over 10 years. The 32-year-old spoke to Cadena SER on an array of issues, one being the relationship between Griezmann and Leo.

"Here, we magnify everything very much," Pique said (as per Goal).

"Leo and Grizi get along, the same as Leo and [Ousmane] Dembele get along, or Leo with Pedro or [David] Villa. It's good. With Luis [Suarez and Messi], they are almost like brothers.

"Just because he doesn't get along [with Griezmann] like he does with Luis doesn't mean they get along badly."

Gerard, a Catalan-born player, touched on the issue of the postponed Clasico game. Real Madrid were scheduled to face Barcelona on October 26 but given the recent political unrest and security concerns in the region, the game was pushed back to December 18. Pique, however, did not agree with the decision.

"My opinion is that it was not necessary," the Spaniard added.

"It magnified a problem that wasn't there. Espanyol played Villarreal that week and nothing happened. I think that for the league and for the clubs it was not the best.

"I think the league, as a competition, and the clubs have to take the bull by the horns and ensure that the show goes on."

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