Barcelona legend Lionel Messi parted ways with the club this summer as the Blaugrana were unable to offer him a new deal due to La Liga’s financial fair play rules. Many people were not happy with the Argentine’s departure, but West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has slammed the player for the financial mess the club finds itself in.
Brady has pointed out that the gargantuan salary Messi has received at Camp Nou in recent years is one of the factors behind Barcelona’s financial woes.
She was quoted as saying in this regard:
âLionel Messi was perhaps the greatest player of all time, but at 70 million euros a year he was a money incinerator. He was said to be ready to cut that salary in half in a new agreement, but still had to do it. direction Paris. “
Brady noted that responsibility for Barcelona’s financial woes lay with club president Joan Laporta, while it was apparently his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu who is largely responsible for the mess the club finds itself in.
âThe axman’s job is up to club president Joan Laporta,â Brady said. “He blames all the mess of his predecessor, Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned last year when it became clear that he had defeated the Catalan giants.”
The West Ham vice-president also made a dig at PSG, which used its large sums of money to attract high-profile players rather than training players from their academy, saying:
“There will be a lot of moans and gnashing of teeth, as the proud Catalans see the progress of PSG whose insane spending owes little to the input of great players but rather to the well-oiled owners of Qatar Sporting Investments.”
Brady also pointed out that Gerard Pique could one day become Barcelona president:
âI prefer something more organic,â Brady said. “That’s why my Barcelona title was not Messi’s gesture but Pique’s dedication. Members believe that in the future Pique may be president. And it’s not for politics, it’s for love. “
Lionel Messi ended his 21-year relationship with Barcelona this summer to join Ligue 1 giant Paris Saint-Germain. Reports claim the striker had made a deal with Barcelona for a new deal, but the club were unable to offer him one due to his financial mismanagement.
Messi’s departure elicited different reactions from different people. Many believe Messi should have waited a little longer for Barcelona to find a way out, while some believe he was too desperate to join Neymar in Paris. Nevertheless, the Argentine is no longer a Barcelona player.
Barcelona in the post-Lionel Messi era so far
Barcelona kicked off the post-Lionel Messi era with an emphatic 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad in their La Liga opener on August 15. Martin Braithwaite, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto all scored to win all three points for the Blaugrana.
However, Ronald Koeman’s men suffered a setback as they failed to register a win over Athletic Bilbao in their second league game. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, with the summer signing of Memphis Depay securing a share of the spoils with a brilliant effort.