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Messi furious with Barca board once again

Messi furious with the Barca board after Koeman meeting gets leaked to the press

August 22, 2020 By Ali M.
The Argentine icon believes that the higher-ups are plotting to force him out the Camp Nou door.

While changes have taken place at Barcelona and are likely to continue in the wake of their historic 8-2 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich, the Camp Nou crisis remains far from resolved. One of their biggest worries is the future of Lionel Messi, with the player reportedly contemplating leaving the Spanish giants after growing frustrated with the direction -- or lack thereof -- the club are headed.

To make thing worse, the Argentine icon, having already been upset with the higher-ups for letting things deteriorate in such a manner, is once again furious with the board after his recent meeting with newly-appointed coach Ronald Koeman was leaked to the press. This will certainly further fuel the exit rumors.

The club captain cut short his holiday to sit down with the Dutch tactician. Here, the 33-year-old allegedly informed Koeman that he sees himself "further away than closer" to Barcelona. This revelation was almost immediately leaked to the press, which has reignited Leo's wrath against the board, according to Argentine news outlet Clarin (as per Marca).

The reason for this is that RAC1 were the ones who published this story. In case you are unaware, they are a station with close ties to current Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his soon-to-be-over regime. As a result, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner believes that this was a calculated move by the club executives to paint him as the bad guy, with some high-ranking figures said to even favor pushing the Argentine out the Camp Nou door.

To offer you some context, Bartomeu has been accused of funding a smear campaign against certain individuals such as Messi, Pique, Guardiola, and Xavi in the now infamous Barcagate. Furthermore, the skipper publicly claimed that there were individuals from within the club targeting members of the dressing room during the whole pay-cut debacle, though Messi stopped short of dropping names.

Amid all this drama, Koeman's stance on Messi's future has been clear: the Dutchman wants the iconic forward to stay. Regardless, La Pulga is yet to break his silence since the 8-2 loss to Bayern and is possibly pondering over his next course of action. Would it be to remain in Catalonia in spite of the tensions with Bartomeu and Co. or would it be to leave the team for a more promising sporting project elsewhere in Europe? Only time will reveal the true answer.

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