Pique slams Barcelona board, Messi warned against Premier League move and more news


Apart from blasting the club’s higher-ups for their handling of the Lionel Messi saga, the Spaniard also criticized them for a social media scandal that sent shockwaves through Barca.

Gerard Pique has slammed the Barcelona board for spending ‘substantial sums of money’ to allegedly criticize its own players on social media.

The Catalan giants have been rocked by reports of the Barcagate, which has allegedly seen Barca chief Jaume Masferrer lead a social media campaign to criticize players both past and present, including Pique, Messi, and the Argentine superstar’s wife.

Pique reportedly told La Vanguardia in an interview that he confronted Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu about the scandal, before adding that he is ‘hurt’ that personnel involved in the social media scandal are still part of the Camp Nou outfit.

The 33-year-old centre-back was also ‘shocked’ to see the way Lionel Messi had to engineer his move away from the club over the summer and stated that the Argentine deserves to have the new Barcelona stadium named after him.

Pique slams Barcelona board
The Barcelona defender has also criticized the club for its handling of Lionel Messi saga Copyright: imago images / PanoramiC

Top News 2: La Liga president warns Messi against Premier League move

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The Argentine was on the verge of leaving Barca last summer (Image Copyright: imago images / Cordon Press / Miguelez Sports)

Despite failing to engineer his move away from the Camp Nou over the summer, it looks only a matter of time before Messi bids farewell to Barcelona.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has weighed in on reports Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona next summer by warning the Argentine that a move to the Premier League could spark his demise, per AFP.

Messi’s exit from Barcelona, the only club he has played for at the senior level in his trophy-laden career, looks inevitable after a dramatic summer in which the 33-year-old tried and failed to engineer his move away from the Catalan giants.

The Argentina international eventually had to stay at the Camp Nou after the club stated that it would not allow him to leave on a free, but clubs that were chasing the signature of the Argentine on a free transfer could still land him on a Bosman when his contract with Barca eventually runs out next summer.

But Spanish top-flight president Tebas, who was one of the vocal critics of Messi’s efforts to leave Barca over the summer, has warned the talisman that his reputation would be ‘very damaged’ if Messi played for any other club in his career.

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Top News 3: Luka Jovic facing prison after violating COVID-19 isolation

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Jovic has scored only two goals in 32 appearances for Real Madrid (Image Copyright: imago images / ZUMA Press / xAFP7x)

The Serbia striker was charged with violating his country’s COVID-19 self-isolation rules after he returned from Spain earlier this year.

Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic is facing a six month prison time in Serbia for violating the nation’s COVID-19 isolation rules, per state prosecutors [via AP].

Jovic was caught in the crosshairs of law when he returned from Spain in March and was photographed on the streets of Belgrade. The 22-year-old was also pictured on his girlfriend’s birthday party even though he was told to isolate himself for a fortnight.

State prosecutors initially told Jovic that they’d drop charges in exchange for him paying €30,000 for humanitarian purposes. Los Blancos striker refused the offer and now the prosecutors are set to move the court to hand the Serbian a six-month prison sentence.

Jovic was criticized at the time for returning home even though Serbia’s governments had warned its nationals not to return from countries with a high-infection rate. At the time, COVID-19 was surging across Spain and the country had the fourth-highest death rate.

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