Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has lashed out at the club hierarchy over their handling of the Lionel Messi contract situation, which resulted in the forward attempting to leave in the close season.
Messi requested a transfer during the recent transfer window period believing he could leave for free according to a clause in his deal.
The club’s all-time leading scorer ultimately opted to stay, partly to avoid a potential court case.
“We should preserve our figureheads, not underappreciate them,” Pique told La Vanguardia newspaper.
“It’s all too confrontational. What’s going on? Messi deserves everything; the new stadium should be named after him first and then the sponsor.
“I ask myself: How can it be that the best-ever player to have played the game, who we have been lucky enough to enjoy, wakes up one day and sends a Burofax (recorded delivery mail) because he feels like he’s not being listened to?”
The criticism comes on the eve of the first Clasico against Real Madrid this season which takes place on Saturday and two days after the 33-year-old Pique signed a new three-year deal at Barca.
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By Ofhani Munyai