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Barca slammed over presser about Messi's decision

Barcelona slammed over press release regarding Messi's snub to join MLS

June 7, 2023 By Oscar Rojas
The Blaugrana side decided to issue a document where they look into Messi's decision to join Inter Miami, but fans feel it damages the club's image.

Lionel Messi's decision to join Inter Miami has caused a lot of reactions in world football, but one of the most surprising came from one of the teams in the running to sign him after his spell with PSG came to an abrupt.

The team in question was none other than Barcelona, who were quick to react to Messi's announcement in quite a baffling manner. The Blaugrana side issued a press release where they acknowledged Messi's decision and even wished him well in his new professional move, but what really sparked controversy and criticism came later.

In the press release, Barcelona seemed to excuse president Joan Laporta from any wrongdoing in all negotiations to bring Messi back to Camp Nou, but while they did that, they ended up aiming a massive dig at the footballer, as their choice of words seemed to mock Messi's choice.

"President Laporta understood and respected Messi's decision to want to compete in a league with fewer demands, further away from the spotlight and the pressure he has been subject to in recent years," the document states.

Such comments in the press release sparked outrage from football fans, who slammed Barcelona for the words chosen to express their regret on Messi's decision. "Broke club," "finished club,"and "useless statement," were some of the comments this press release sparked, ultimately tarnishing the team's good name for what seems as a tacky way to show their discomfort over Messi's call.

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