Lionel Messi 'Tired Of Always Being The Problem' For Barcelona

Marcos Llorente Reuters

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi got a nasty surprise when he returned from worldwide duty with Argentina on Wednesday as his private jet was raided by the Spanish tax agency on the tarmac at Barcelona airport, according to Spanish sports daily Marca.

Messi earlier this week hit out at questions over a rumoured spat with Griezmann, after returning from worldwide duty with Argentina saying he was exhausted of being blamed.

"Antoine arrived at a club with big problems, in the fact that Messi controls everything", he told France Football magazine.

"After 15 hours of flying, I encountered people from the tax authority asking questions", he told reporters upon his arrival.

A bunch of FC Barcelona fans surrounded Antoine Griezmann's auto Thursday and demanded the forward to show "respect" to his club captain Lionel Messi.

The coronavirus pandemic meant that the end date of the season was delayed, however, muddying the waters of Messi's contract clause - and rather than take on a legal battle, the Argentine forward opted to stay for another year.

The attacker has been defended by both his uncle Emmanuel Lopes and former agent Eric Olhats in recent days, with the duo launching blistering attacks on Messi as the cause of his teammate's struggles.

"I can understand why Leo was p***ed off", Koeman said ahead of Barcelona's game with Atletico Madrid this weekend.

"Griezmann was convinced that he wasn't going to be successful within the first six months, but what I didn't expect was that it would last an entire year". I've always heard Antoine say there's no problem with Messi, but never the other way around.

"The moment eventually came and things went pretty well in the game and I've made a lot of progress since".

The report states that a bid of possibly less than £50m may be enticing enough for the Spanish giants who are resigned to losing the six-time Ballon d'Or victor in just over seven months' time as a free agent. "I think it is unbelievable what he has done for this club, but he is the main person to make a decision about his future".

After the global break, the team are now headed back to business.