Messi on Cristiano move: "Real Madrid lost 50 goals per season"
Lionel Messi spoke to Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo where he reflected on a wide array of topics, ranging from the social media controversy to Valverde's departure.
Leo Messi has spoken publically for the first time since reports emerged that Barcelona hired a PR firm to create social media accounts aimed at tarnishing the image of him, Piqué and others associated with the club.
Spanish radio station SER was the first to break the news of the social media accounts, which were also allegedly used as a tool by PR firm, I3 Ventures, to prop up the image of Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and the board.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Bartomeu admitted the club had hired I3 Ventures but strenuously denied the allegations the club had done so to improve his reputation and that of the board, while also damaging the image of Messi and others such as Guardiola, Xavi and Víctor Font.
Messi: Bartomeu told us the same thing
“It really took me a bit by surprise because I wasn't here and I was just travelling. When I got back I learned a little about everything,” the Argentine forward said in an interview with Catalan daily, Mundo Deportivo.
“The president told us the same thing he said in public; the same thing he said at the press conference. What was the situation, what had happened and I can't say much more. Just as you know everything he said, he told the captains the same in private.”
Messi bemused by Barcelona controversy
Messi went on to express his bemusement with the situation, but declined to add much more until more facts had come out.
“I really find it strange that something like this has happened. But they also said that there would be evidence. We will have to wait to see if it is true or not. We cannot say much and we will wait to see what happens with all of this. I really thought it was a strange subject.”
The Rosario born striker was was also asked about former Barça coach Ernesto Valverde.
CR7 leaving Real Madrid
Have Real Madrid lost a great deal with Cristiano's departure?
"They have lost a great source of goals. That's something obvious but he did offer plenty of other aspects but when a side loses a source of 50 goals a season, you're going to notice that. Madrid do have fine players but Cristiano was a guarantee to bag 50 goals per campaign.
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