2015 has not started as per planned for Barcelona, and things seem to be heading to the worst for the Catalan club.
Their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Real Sociedad was followed by the sacking of Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta, with club icon Carles Puyol leaving his post as assistant director of football due to the consequent dismissal of their former goalkeeper.
The biggest matter of concern for the Blaugrana, though, comes in the form of Lionel Messi, whose recent activity has caused a stir amongst the social media, and more so, has startled the Camp Nou faithful.
Spanish tabloid MARCA now claims that ‘tension is growing’ between the Argentine and his manager.
The four-time Ballon d’Or was relegated to the bench against David Moyes’ side, and couldn’t seize the chance to go at the top of the league after suffering a defeat.
The decision was not greeted well by Messi, who decided not to attend the clubs open-doors training session at the Miniestadi on Monday.
Spanish Radio Station COPE on the other hand report that the Barcelona forward no more believes in ‘Lucho’ to change the clubs’ current fortunes. Messi’s representatives also claim that the former striker does not allow his colleague’s interference, manipulating his own decisions. This has angered the Barcelona no. 10 who also has questioned the club hierarchy’s backing given to Enrique.
The conflict could see either Messi or Enrique leave the Camp Nou; the latter likely to face the axe if any such decision is to be made, with the club aware of the outburst if the fan-favourite is shown the exit door.
Luis Enrique meanwhile is surprised by Messi’s action to miss the open-training, which is planned for young supporters who can watch their idols get through their regime.
New manager, who also was a former cult hero, new marquee signings, coupled by the brilliant start to the season had the Camp Nou in high spirits, but the news will certainly leave them reeling.
The Catalans might find a solution for their current woes, but for now, they look to be in trouble.